The healthcare professionals looking after you meet regularly as a team, called a multidisciplinary team (MDT). They'll look at your test results and your general health and talk about which treatments may be suitable for you.
You'll have an appointment with a member of the team to talk about your test results and the benefits and risks of the treatment options.
You may be offered more than one of these treatments. You may have chemotherapy and radiotherapy together (chemoradiation) if there's a high risk of the cancer coming back.
There are also treatments for bowel cancer that has spread to other parts of the body.
Making a decision about which treatment to have can be difficult. Your healthcare team will support you and answer your questions. We've suggested some questions you might like to take with you to your appointments.
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Treatment and coronavirus
During the coronavirus pandemic, you may find that there are some changes to your bowel cancer care and treatment. For example, you may have more appointments over the phone rather than in person, you may be given tablets instead of having a drip, or you may need to go to a different centre to be treated.
For some people treatment has been delayed, and it's understandable that you might worry about these changes. Cancer services are an absolute priority for the NHS and we're working together to make sure that where bowel cancer services have been affected, they recover as soon as possible.
If you have any questions or concerns about your treatment, speak to your healthcare team. You can also contact our nurses.