There are various options to treat bowel cancer. The treatment of bowel cancer will vary from person to person. As per the cancer’s stage, side effects, patient’s willingness and so on the bowel cancer is being treated.
A specialist of bowel cancer should be contacted on time for the right treatment. Sometimes, general people can’t recognise the signs of bowel cancer. In such cases, a gastroenterologist can be contacted to detect the symptoms.
Opt for surgery – Some bowel cancer sufferers opt for surgery. Surgery is mainly done to remove the tumor and some other healthy tissue at the time of operation. Surgery is done especially when the bowel cancer is small. Only a surgical oncologist or an expert of colorectal surgery is specialized to treat cancer by doing surgery. Surgery may be done for removing the tumor and the small intestine’s affected part. Other procedures will be done too. After the surgery, the doctor will give a new diet chart to the patient. The patient must follow the new diet chart, in which his or her medicines and supplements are included to make the patient’s digestion easy. The patient may feel tenderness as well as pain where operation is being done. After the operation, the person may suffer from diarrhea or constipation, but it will go after some hours. Ask your surgeon what side effects you may suffer from after your surgery and also how will you recover after the operation. These are the vital questions and you should ask it.
Chemotherapy – In chemotherapy, drugs are used to damage cancer cells and the process stops the ability of cancer cells to grow more and thereby the cancer cells will not spread to the body. Usually, a medical oncologist gives chemotherapy to cancer patients as the oncologist is specialized to treat cancer along with medication. It is true that a regimen of chemotherapy generally has a particular number of cycles, which are given over a set time period. The patient may get only a drug at one time or he may get the combinations of many drugs on the other time. Systematic chemotherapy goes into the patient’s bloodstream, so that it can reach all the cancer cells present in the patient’s body.
Chemotherapy not only affects the cancer cells, but also the normal cells of a patient of bowel cancer. The side effects of the chemotherapy include – nausea, fatigue, hair loss, vomiting, diarrhea, more infection and loss of appetite. But, all such side effects will vanish when the treatment will get over.
Immunotherapy – Immunotherapy is also known as biologic therapy. It is designed for boosting the natural defenses of the patient’s body to fight with cancer.