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Colon Cancer Treatment

Colon cancer starts in the large intestine or the rectum, the end of the colon. Treatment of colon cancer usually includes surgery.

Surgical procedures for colon cancer include:

  • Fulguration, the use of an electric current to burn away the tumor using a special tool
  • Cryosurgery, in which an instrument is used to freeze and destroy the abnormal tissue
  • Radiofrequency ablation, which uses a special probe with tiny electrodes that release high-energy radio waves to kill the cancer cells
  • Resection, which is surgery to remove part or all of the organ containing the cancer.


Chemotherapy is the standard treatment for locally advanced cancers, in which the tumor has grown into nearby blood vessels and other tissues, but has not spread to the liver or distant organs.

Radiation Therapy 

We use the most advanced radiation therapy technology to help patients fight cancer with less scarring, shorter recovery times and a quicker return to productivity.

Clinical Trials and Research 

As a teaching hospital affiliated with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School, Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center offers access to innovative treatments and technologies as soon as they are made available, whether in the development and testing phases, or after FDA approval. Patients who qualify also have the opportunity to participate in clinical trials of treatments that would not otherwise be available to them.