Rectal & Colon Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

Learn more about colorectal cancer diagnosis, your treatment options, and what you can expect following treatment.

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A diagnosis of colon cancer or rectal cancer can leave you feeling alone and powerless. Fight Colorectal Cancer (Fight CRC) is here to help. We can guide you through this disease. From diagnosis to post-treatment, we provide reliable, trustworthy information and resources that you can read and discuss with your doctor. All of our information is reviewed by distinguished members of our Medical Advisory Board.

Let us help you understand your diagnosis and your treatment options for rectal and colon cancer, no matter your stage or age. We’re here to explain colorectal cancer terms, offer advice from other cancer patients, and provide free downloadable resources.


After diagnosis, you may have a desire to begin treatment immediately. First, you need to learn more about your cancer and how to treat it. This is important because your specific colon cancer or rectal cancer diagnosis will determine the treatment that’s best for you.

Treatment & Care

Choosing a treatment plan can be hard. A lot will depend on the location, type, and stage of your cancer, as well as the types of biomarkers expressed in your tumor. It is important to understand your treatment options so that you and your healthcare team can make decisions together about the best plan for you. Learn more about common treatment options for colorectal cancer, such as surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, targeted therapy, immunotherapy, clinical trials, and integrative care.

Managing Side Effects

Colorectal cancer treatments often have side effects. Talk to your healthcare team about possible side effects before starting treatment and throughout the duration of your care. Not everyone experiences the same side effects. Learn more about common treatment side effects and how to manage them.

Treatment by Colorectal Cancer Stage

Treatment options vary depending on the stage of your cancer. While surgery may be enough for some early-stage colorectal cancers, later stages may require additional treatments like chemotherapy and radiation.

End-of-Life Care

Anticipating the end of life and making decisions about medical care at this time can be difficult and distressing for both patients and their loved ones. However, it is incredibly important to plan for the transition to end-of-life care. rn

Treatment Resources

Fight CRC develops free medically-reviewed patient and caregiver resources. Visit our resource portal to access resources on colorectal cancer treatment.