Treatments for Colon Cancer

Your Treatment Begins Here

First of all, it is comforting to know that a colostomy is seldom needed as part of your colon cancer treatment. It's true that surgery is a frequent first step. Our colorectal surgeons are experienced in traditional and high-tech surgical techniques that can reduce recovery times with excellent results.

We also specialize in emerging targeted and biologic (immuno) therapies that show promising outcomes. As medical experts, our goal is to leave no stone unturned to restore your health. Our facilities and technology offer every advanced capability available. Learn more about colon cancer treatments here, and know that we consider the role of guiding your health journey a privilege.

Treatments We Provide

Biologic Therapy

This procedure uses your body's immune system to fight your cancer. This is done by either stimulating your immune system to attack cancer cells or by introducing agents it needs, like antibodies, to kill them.


This well-known cancer treatment uses medicines taken intravenously or by mouth to kill cancer cells throughout the body. Chemotherapy may be given before surgery to shrink tumors, or after to fight cancer cells that have potentially spread.

Laparoscopic Surgery

This technique, accessing through the navel, uses very small incisions, making it less invasive. It allows faster recovery times in many cases. Spectrum Health combines laparoscopic and robotic-assist methods for greater precision.

Radiation Oncology

A team of medical professionals with advanced training deliver radiation treatment and care.

Robotic–Assisted Surgery

We have staff surgeons who specialize in using the daVinci(R) robotic system to treat various UGI cancers. Allowing greater dexterity and precision, robotic-assisted surgery can reduce complications and speed recovery.

Targeted Therapy

Targeted drugs have advanced the treatment of colon (and rectal) cancers. "Targeted" therapy destroys cancer cells, leaving normal cells alone. It stops cancer cells from dividing or destroys them directly.

Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery

Newer techniques like this are promising for treatment of some colon and rectal cancers. Flexible surgical instruments allow removal of cancerous lesions rectally. Because it's less invasive, you may enjoy faster recovery and fewer complications.