For some cases of colorectal cancer, a combination of radiation therapy and chemotherapy is used to reduce the size of the tumor(s) before surgery.
This treatment process can help minimize the procedure needed, as well as improve the outcome of the tumor resection.
Exciting advancements in the field of both radiation therapy and chemotherapy are also improving survival rates for late stage colorectal cancer.
Often, late stage colorectal cancer has spread to other parts of the body, such as the liver.
The exceptional team of radiation oncologists at Cone Health Cancer Center is treating liver tumors with an advanced form of therapy known as stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT).
Extensive research efforts are also continuing on the use of targeted therapy forms of chemotherapy for stage 4 colorectal cancer.
Treatment for colorectal cancer and other forms of gastrointestinal (GI) cancer can be extremely complex, and must be individualized for each patient.
This is why Cone Health Cancer Center has organized a weekly multidisciplinary GI cancer conference, in which the team of radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, surgeons, radiologists and other related healthcare providers meet to discuss and develop the best possible treatment plan for each individual case at the Center.
Dr. John Moody is a radiation oncologist at Cone Health Cancer Center.
Dr. Moody received his Doctor of Medicine from Vanderbilt University Medical Scientist Training Program in 2002.
He completed his residency in radiation oncology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Radiation Oncology in 2008.