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Colorectal cancer, also known as bowel cancer, is a cancer formed by uncontrolled cell growth in the colon or rectum (parts of the large intestine), or in the appendix. Genetic analysis shows that colon and rectal tumours are genetically the same cancer.
The market for colorectal cancer therapies, which is currently dominated by drugs targeting vascular endothelial growth factor and epidermal growth factor receptor, is poised for change with the anticipated entry of immunotherapies and other targeted drugs.