Colorectal Cancer Program
Based 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:
Other gastro-intestinal cancers:
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