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Colorectal Cancer Program

colorectal cancerBased on several factors, your oncologist will work quickly with a team of professionals to develop a plan of care to manage not only your cancer, but your overall well being. Your plan of care will be designed specifically for you, so factors that will need to be considered are: your cancer type, your state of disease progression, any health issues that can impact your ability to tolerate planned treatments, and your overall physical, mental and spiritual well being.

Colon and Rectal cancers are the third most common cancer worldwide, in both men and women. New diagnosed cases estimated for 2012 are 103,170 for colon and 40,290 new cases for rectal.

Screening is not normally recommended for adults under 50 years of age with normal risk factors, so it is important to report all signs and symptoms to your doctor. Improved screening will facilitate earlier detection.

Colorectal cancers account for about 9 percent of all cancer deaths. Survival for early, localized stages of cancer for 1-5 years are at 90 percent; when disease has spread to distant organs, the 5 year survival rates drops to 12 percent.

Early stage colorectal cancers are usually without symptoms

Advanced symptoms are related to blood in the stool, changes in bowel habits, abdominal pain and cramping, weakness and excessive fatigue.

Several modifiable risk factors associated with the increase risk of colorectal cancers are a high diet of red and processed meats, inactivity, excessive alcohol consumption, history of long term smoking, inadequate intake of fruits and vegetables.

Diagnosis, staging & on going evaluations:

  • History, physical & routine exam
  • Blood Chemistry Studies
  • Capsule Endoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Endoscopic Ultrasound
  • PET/CT
  • Endoscopic Ultrasound
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Liver function test
  • Abdominal x-rays
  • GI series with small bowl follow through
  • Upper endoscopy
  • Transanal Endoscopic
  • Image Guided Biopsy (US, CT, MRI)
  • Lymph node biopsy
  • Laparotomy
  • Fecal occult blood test

Treatments:

  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Combined Chemo/Radiation Therapy
  • Biotherapy
  • Laser Ablation
  • Tace
  • Radiation Frequency Ablation
  • Interventional Therapies
  • Colostomy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Clinical Trials

Other gastro-intestinal cancers:

  • Small Intestine cancer
  • Gastric (stomach) cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Gallbladder cancer
  • Esophageal cancer

For more information visit MyCancerAdvisor.com.

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