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Colon Cancer Treatment Options

At Johns Hopkins, our specialists treat colon cancer patients at every stage of disease. Our team of specialists includes medical oncologists, surgeons and radiation oncologists working together to develop the best treatment plan for each patient.

Early Stage Disease

  • Approximately two thirds of colon cancer patients have localized cancer, which is best treated surgically.
  • Patients with stage I and II colon cancer have a cure rate of approximately 95 percent.
  • The most common treatment for early stage colon cancer is surgery. Innovative surgical techniques can also be used in conjunction with other treatments for patients whose cancer has spread.
  • Patients benefit from having surgeons who specialize in treating colorectal cancer.

Late Stage Disease - New Therapies

New, innovative therapies are being developed to give patients with advanced stage disease more options.
More information on open clinical trials can be found in our online database.

Other treatment options for late stage gastrointestinal cancers may include cytoreductive (debulking) surgery and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC).  In certain cases, the procedures have been shown to be an effective treatment option for certain peritoneal surface malignancy cancers such as selected stage IV colon cancer and other gastrointestinal cancers including appendiceal cancers and pseudomyxoma peritonei.


  • To find if you are eligible for a clinical trial or if you would benefit from chemotherapy or other treatments, call us at 410-614-3163.
  • To find out if surgery to remove your colon cancer is an option for you, call 443-997-1508.