Colorectal Cancer Treatment

Also known as: Rectal Cancer

If you’re facing colon cancer, your Providence personal health care team is here for you. This group of talented doctors, nurses and specialists come from a variety of disciplines, colaborating and evaluating new colorectal cancer cases together. It truly is like having your own team of experts – including a pathologist, radiologist, surgeon, medical oncologist, radiation oncologist, cancer care coordinator and research coordinator – reviewing your specific case and developing a comprehensive, personalized treatment plan.

How does colorectal cancer start?

Most colon and rectal cancers develop from a single cell in the lining of the bowel. The cells multiply and develop into a non-cancerous (benign) growth, called a “polyp.” As the polyp grows, it might become cancerous, with the potential to invade through the rectal wall or spread to other parts of the body. The change from a benign growth to a cancerous tumor could be associated with changes in the genes that control each cell. These changes can be inherited or occur spontaneously.

Symptoms

  • Change in bowel habits
  • Blood in the stool
  • Abdominal pain
  • Weight loss
  • Weakness and fatigue

Treatment

Most cases of rectal cancer are treatable. And, Providence has state-of-the-art facilities and care providers who know the latest treatment options. And, they can treat you right here. Close to home.

Surgery

Surgery to remove polyps, sections of the colon containing the cancer (partial colectomy) along with nearby lymph nodes may be needed. 

Radiation therapy

Radiation therapy used high-energy radiation to destroy the cancer cells' ability to divide and multiply. It can precisely target specific tumors without damaging the surrounding tissue.

Chemotherapy

Our experts utilize the latest chemotherapies and biotherapies to give each patient a chance for a cure.

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