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Q. What is the best treatment option for colorectal cancer after laparoscopic surgery?

Answered by
Dr. Pratik Patil
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Nov 22, 2021

Hello doctor,

My mother underwent laparoscopic surgery for her colorectal cancer 45 days ago. And now she is advised for chemotherapy. Please suggest a good treatment for my mother based on the reports attached.

Thanks.

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She has carcinoma of the sigmoid colon, and the stage of cancer is III. For this, she will need atleast six chemotherapy cycles which are given every three weeks. Folfox or Capox chemotherapy will be done depending on the patient's fitness. As this is a curative disease, chemotherapy helps to prevent the recurrence of the disease.

Thank you.

Hello doctor,

Thanks for your reply.

I have one more question, how the doctor knows that chemotherapy is working after a few sections? Is there any measurement or test that doctor uses before and after chemotherapy to decide whether the patient needs chemotherapy or not?

Thanks.

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Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

As the surgery is done already, there is no cancer in her body right now. Chemotherapy is given to cut out the microscopic cancer cells in the blood that are not visible on any scans and not removed during surgery as they are too small to remove.

Scientific data has proved that chemotherapy after surgery helps in preventing the disease from coming back.

Regards.


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