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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.
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.
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 to remove polyps, sections of the colon containing the cancer (partial colectomy) along with nearby lymph nodes may be needed.
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.
Our experts utilize the latest chemotherapies and biotherapies to give each patient a chance for a cure.