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Chemotherapy for rectal cancer

Chemotherapy uses anti cancer drugs to destroy cancer cells. You might have it as part of your treatment for rectal cancer.

This section is about chemotherapy for cancer that starts in the back passage (rectal cancer). 

Chemotherapy treatment for rectal cancer

You might have chemotherapy for cancer of the back passage (rectal cancer), either alone or with radiotherapy. Read about how you have it and the possible side effects. 

Chemotherapy drugs

There are different chemotherapy drugs for bowel cancer. You usually have a combination of drugs.

About chemoradiotherapy for rectal cancer

Treatment with chemotherapy and radiotherapy together is called chemoradiotherapy. You might have this treatment for cancer of the back passage (rectal cancer). 

Last reviewed: 
16 Oct 2018
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