Colon cancer

Colon cancer refers to malignancy that occurs in the first five feet of the large intestine. Up to 95 percent of colon tumors begin as benign polyps. It can take years for a polyp to become malignant, and not all will. The slow growth of colon cancer increases its potential to invade lymph nodes or breach the intestinal wall into surrounding organs.

From early screening and genetic testing to diagnosis through treatment and support, we offer you a team of leading colorectal surgeons and gastroenterologists, the latest technology and a wide variety of care options to improve your outcome and overall quality of life.

Treatment options

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.

Biologic therapy
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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.

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

Robotic–assisted surgery
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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
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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
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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.

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