Colon or Rectum Cancer Treatment
If you are diagnosed with colorectal cancer you will need the services of our team of professionals. Our team of multi-disciplinary specialists will work with you through treatment and recovery. We will answer your questions, explain procedures, and never forget that you are the most important person on your healthcare team.
You will need a consultation with a Colorectal Surgeon who will talk with you about surgical options to treat your cancer. Some surgeries can be done with a state of the art robot, laparoscopically. This means shorter hospital stays, decreased down time, and quicker healing. Most colorectal cancers will include surgical intervention.
What are the treatments for colon cancer?
When determining the treatment necessary for colon cancer, it heavily depends on which stage the cancer is in. There are three primary treatment options consisting of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. If you are in the early stages of colon cancer and your cancer is minor, your doctor may be able to remove it completely through a colonoscopy. However, if your cancer has grown into or through your colon, it may be recommended to have a partial colectomy that will remove a part of your colon containing the cancer.
On the condition that your cancer has progressed or your overall health has become very poor, you may receive a recommendation to have an operation to relieve the blockage from your colon. This surgery is not to cure the cancer, but instead relieves side effects such as pain and bleeding. If cancer has spread to the lymph nodes, chemotherapy uses drugs to rid the body of cancer after surgery has taken place. Lastly, radiation therapy uses intense energy sources, such as X-rays, to kill cancer cells that could remain after the surgery.
What are the treatments for rectal cancer?
When it comes to rectal cancer, treatment options may vary. Treatment depends on how large the tumor may have grown, how deep it has invaded the wall of the rectum and if it has spread to the lymph nodes or other organs. There are three primary options depending on how advanced the cancer may be, including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. When rectal cancer has spread to surrounding tissue or lymph nodes, specialists recommend chemotherapy or radiation to shrink the tumor, making it easier to perform surgery.