Diagnosing colon cancer
Find colorectal cancer early – when it’s easier to treat – by getting regular screenings for colon cancer. Talk to your primary care provider about the best test and screening schedule for you.
Rely on your cancer care team to provide coordinated care. Feel confident that we’ll not only help you fight cancer, but also help you live well. Learn about support services at ProHealth Care.
Colorectal cancer treatments
Depending on your specific condition and preferences, your care plan may include:
- Radiation therapy
- Surgery, including robotic-assisted surgery
Minimally invasive colorectal surgery
Whenever possible, your care team uses minimally invasive approaches to colon and rectal surgery. That means you may benefit from less pain and scarring, lower risk of infection and a shorter hospital stay. Ask your doctor about:
- Robotic-assisted colorectal surgery – Uses robotic arms controlled by your surgeon and special tools to operate with extreme precision.
- Robotic-assisted colon resection – Removes part of your colon.
- Robotic-assisted proctectomy – Removes all or part of the rectum.
- Transanal minimally invasive surgery (TAMIS) – Removes tumors in the rectum or lower part of the large intestine through a natural body opening.
- Transanal excision (TAE) – Removes stage 1 rectal cancer tumors near the anus through a natural body opening so you have no scars and a quick return to normal bowel function.
Colorectal cancer clinical trials
Ask your doctor if you’d benefit from a colorectal cancer clinical trial at ProHealth. If you’re a candidate, you may be eligible for new treatments not widely available.
Treatments for liver metastases
Colorectal cancer may spread to other parts of your body, called metastatic colorectal cancer. The most common place for colon cancer to spread is the liver. Learn about minimally invasive approaches to destroying cancer in the liver.
Expect us to keep an eye on you and your health even after you’ve finished treatment. Follow your doctor’s recommendations. They can help you maintain your health, manage lingering side effects and promptly detect any cancer that may return after treatment.