When living with metastatic colorectal cancer (CRC)...
The little things feel even bigger. So I fight even harder.
Understanding your condition
Colorectal cancer is a cancer that starts in your colon or rectum, which are both parts of your digestive, or gastrointestinal (GI), system. Depending on where your cancer started, it may be referred to as either colon cancer or rectal cancer.
What is metastatic colorectal cancer?
When a cancer is referred to as metastatic cancer, that means it has spread from the place where it started (your colon or rectum) to other parts of the body. If the cancer has spread to farther parts of the body (for example, from the colon or rectum to the liver), then the cancer is considered to have metastasized.
What is staging?
Your doctor may talk to you about the stage of your disease, using numbers that indicate the level of severity. For example, stage 0 is less severe, whereas stage 4 colorectal cancer is more severe. Colorectal cancer treatments may vary by stage, so this can help guide your doctor on the options that make most sense for you.