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Colon Cancer: Stage II - High Risk

Standard Treatments


Standard treatment for Stage II colon cancer which is high risk includes each of the following:

  • Surgery for advanced colon cancer (also known as resection). To learn about surgery for colon cancer, click here.  
  • Chemotherapy which is generally a combination of drugs known as FOLFOX or a combination of other drugs known as CapeOx.

Complementary/Integrative Treatments: Complementary or integrative therapies be of great use during treatment. These therapies include acupuncture, massage, meditation and relaxation techniques as well as other treatments.  

  • Complementary/integrative treatments can help reduce symptoms or side effects, reduce stress and feelings of sadness, improve your mental outlook, improve your quality of life and help to relax you.
  • These treatments are not meant to take the place of traditional treatment but instead are meant in this context to complement and integrate with traditional treatment. There is no scientific proof that any complementary treatment will cure colorectal cancer. It is possible they could negatively affect traditional treatment or cause serious side effects. It is important to tell your doctor about any complementary therapies you use and/or are considering. (For more information, click here.)

If existing therapies are not adequate discuss with your physicians the availability of a clinical trial for your cancer.  Clinical trials are studies performed with humans to test new drugs or combinations of drugs, new approaches to surgery or radiotherapy or procedures to improve the diagnosis of disease and the quality of life of the patient. A clinical trial may offer you the opportunity to receive a treatment that is not yet available for the general public. (For a clinical trials matching service, click here offsite link). 

NOTE: If you have to choose between treatments, consider getting a second opinion from an NCI designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. offsite link  (For practical tips about second opinions, click here.)  Second opinions are usually covered by health insurance. They are not expensive if not covered.  Alternatively, if you are looking for things to think about to help make a decision, see:

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