Researchers and doctors here in South Carolina and all over the country are conducting many types of clinical trials (research studies in which people volunteer to take part) and are studying new ways to prevent, detect, diagnose, and treat colorectal cancer.
Research has already led to advances in safe and effective treatments, and researchers continue to search for more effective approaches.
Recent studies suggest that certain drugs may help prevent colorectal cancer. Researchers are studying aspirin, celecoxib, and other drugs in people with a higher-than-average chance of developing this disease.
Researchers are testing new ways to check for polyps and colorectal cancer. One study is looking at the usefulness of virtual colonoscopy. This is a CT scan of the colon. Another study is using genetic testing to check stool samples for colorectal cancer cells.
Researchers are studying chemotherapy, biological therapy, and combinations of treatments: