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Colorectal Cancer: ChemoRadiation


Chemoradiation is the use of chemotherapy and radiation concurrently.


The chemotherapy used in chemoradiation is one of the following:

  • 5FU given by continuous infusion pump or 
  • 5FU given bolus or 
  • Oral capecitabine.

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The radiation used in chemoradiation is EBRT and usually given Monday through Friday,  for 5-6 weeks.

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When radiation is given with chemotherapy, the side effects are often worse than when radiation is given by itself. 

NOTE: Keep in mind that your primary doctor is also part of your medical team. Ask your specialists to keep him or her up-to-date. Don't skip your regular appointments.

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