Moffitt Cancer Center provides rectal cancer chemotherapy to residents of Clearwater, Florida. This type of treatment uses cancer-fighting drugs – administered either orally, as an injection or intravenously – to destroy cancerous cells. Because these medications travel through the bloodstream, chemotherapy can be an effective method of treatment for patients whose rectal cancer has traveled to nearby lymph nodes and other organs throughout the body. Chemotherapy may also be combined with other medications to increase the effectiveness of treatment or to minimize side effects.
Rectal cancer chemotherapy at Moffitt may involve several different drugs, the most common of which including:
- 5-fluorouracil (5-FU)
In addition to rectal cancer chemotherapy, Moffitt gives eligible patients from Clearwater, FL, the opportunity to participate in clinical trials, which allows them to benefit from the latest advancements in rectal cancer treatment before they are made available at other locations. We have been named a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute, a distinction that speaks directly to our commitment to advancing rectal cancer research and treatment.
At Moffitt, our focus goes beyond our clinical treatment. We also take care to ensure that our patients’ physical, mental and emotional needs are being met while they undergo cancer treatment. For this reason, we offer a wide range of supportive care services all under the same roof. Patients in our rectal cancer program have access to dietitians, social workers, support groups, pain management specialists and other professionals who can help ease the challenges of undergoing cancer treatment.
If you live in Clearwater, FL, and would like to learn more about rectal cancer chemotherapy at Moffitt, call 1-888-663-3488 or submit a new patient registration form online. We do not require referrals.