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Colon Cancer Treatment with Dr. William Grady

Colon Cancer Treatment with Dr. William Grady

Dr. William Grady discusses treatment for colon cancer. While many people want to ignore colon cancer, it is one of the most common cancer killers in the United States. Early stage cancers that haven?t spread outside the bowel can be treated by surgery alone, while more advanced metastatic cancers that have spread require surgery along with about six months of chemotherapy. The good news is that there are many more treatments available for colon cancer than even five years ago, and patients diagnosed with metastatic colon cancer are living two to three years instead of just a few months.

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