Colon cancer may be detected by a variety of screening methods, often through a colonoscopy.
If cancer is detected during your colon screening you will likely be referred to a colorectal surgeon. Colon and rectal cancer affects about 140,000 people every year. The good news is that colorectal cancer can be cured if detected and treated early. In most cases, colorectal cancer requires surgery. However, between 80 and 90% of patients return to normal health when the cancer is treated in its early stages.
Research shows that patients treated by colorectal surgeons - doctors who specialize in colon and rectal problems - have better recovery rates and experience fewer complications after colon cancer or rectal cancer. Colorectal surgeons have advanced training and more experience treating colon and rectal diseases, providing better outcomes for the patients they treat.
At BayCare Clinic, we emphasize a collaborative treatment approach for colon and rectal cancer. This team will include gastroenterology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, and, ideally, your primary care physician. This collaborative approach ensures you are getting expert, focused care both before and after surgery.
We treat patients with a variety of cancer in the lower GI tract, including colon cancer, rectal cancer, and small bowel cancer. For these cancer cases, the BayCare Clinic teams gathers in a multidisciplinary cancer conference to review treatment options and care plans.
Minimally Invasive Colorectal Surgery
BayCare Clinic is home to the only colorectal surgeon in the region offering minimally invasive colorectal surgery, also known as laparoscopic colorectal surgery. Compared to open-abdominal surgery, minimally invasive procedures offer less pain, less scarring, less blood loss, shorter hospital stays, and faster return to normal activity.
The National Cancer Institute offers general information on colon cancer, including signs, diagnosis and treatment.