Colon Cancer Care
Colorectal cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths in the United States. However, early diagnosis often leads to a complete cure. Franciscan Health is a national leader in colon cancer prevention, treatment and research.
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Colon Cancer Care
Colon and Rectal Cancer Prevention, Treatment and Research
At Franciscan Health, we are dedicated to diagnosing, treating and researching colon and rectal cancer. We deliver a full range of treatment options ranging from conventional methods to the most advanced surgical procedures, radiation therapy and research and clinical trials.
What makes colon cancer care at Franciscan Health different?
A team approach ensures our patients benefit from a personalized, coordinated and compassionate treatment plan. Our nationally recognized physicians, which include oncologists, gastrointestional specialists, general surgeons and colorectal surgeons, work together and review every patient case to create the most comprehensive care plan possible. Complete colon cancer services include:
When you're facing a cancer diagnosis, the support of caring professionals helps you and your family find extra strength to face the challenges cancer brings. That's why cancer support is a vital part of care at Franciscan Health.
Cancer diagnosis and treatment can be an overwhelming and confusing time. Cancer nurse navigators step in as your guide and advocate, helping you through your entire cancer treatment.
When your cancer treatment ends, our care keeps going. At Franciscan Health our cancer survivorship programs help cancer survivors transition into their post-active treatment lives.
Franciscan Health is at the forefront in the treatment of cancer using minimally invasive surgical techniques. Our cancer surgery departments lead the way in innovatively treating a wide range of cancers.
Chemotherapy is a cancer-fighting drug that can be given by mouth or through an intravenous injection (IV). Franciscan Health offers infusion therapy teams that specialize in chemotherapy cancer care.
Our colon and rectal surgery department specializes in disorders of the lower gastrointestinal tract, rectum and colon. Our surgeons conduct advanced procedures and clinical research.
Clinical research trials provide new ways to think about disease treatment and possible cures. While offering patients the opportunity to tap into advanced treatment options.
For those suffering from diverticular disease or colon tumors, a colon resection surgery may be recommended. The surgeons at Franciscan Health offer minimally invasive colon resection for less pain and shorter recovery time.
CT (computed tomography) guided biopsies are used to test for cancer or infection. CT scan imaging guides where the needle is placed, during which the patient will need to lie still for about 30-60 minutes.
Radiation oncology damages cancer cells and gives us one of our strongest weapons in the fight against cancer. Franciscan Health radiation oncologists use a variety of innovative tools to treat patients with pinpoint accuracy and effectiveness.
Franciscan Health colorectal surgeons are leaders in the advanced colon and rectal surgery procedure TEM: Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery. TEM avoids major abdominal incisions and gives patients faster recovery and less pain.
Ultrasound guided biopsies use ultrasound imaging to guide needle placement to test for cancer or infection. This is most often used for testing breast tissue and abdominal organs.
Who should be screened for colon cancer?
There is no single cause of colon cancer. Nearly all colon cancers begin as noncancerous (benign) polyps, which slowly develop into cancer. If you are older than 50, your doctor may recommended that you have a colon cancer screening (colonoscopy). In Fact, 90 percent of colorectal cancer can be prevented with colonoscopy screenings.
You have a higher risk for colon cancer if you:
- Are older than 60
- Are African-American of eastern European descent
- Eat a diet high in red or processed meats
- Have cancer elsewhere in the body
- Have colorectal polyps
- Have inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's Disease or ulcerative colitis)
- Have a family history of colon cancer
- Have a personal history of breast cancer