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Colon Cancer

Treating Colon Cancer

Diagnosed with Colorectal Cancer? Experiencing Common Symptoms? Call (646) 798-4606 Now.

Cancers of the colon (large intestine) are commonly diagnosed among Americans. In fact, there are an estimated 200,000 new cases reported annually. Many may begin as non-cancerous polyps. Frequently, early cases of colon cancer are asymptomatic (no symptoms). We therefore suggest routine colon cancer screening beginning at age 50 for all individuals and earlier screening for high-risk patients.

Symptoms are not specific to this disease and may include:

  • Rectal bleeding
  • Abdominal pain
  • Colon obstruction
  • Stool inconsistency
  • Bowel movement inconsistency
  • Sudden, unexplainable weight loss

Are you or a loved one experiencing these symptoms?
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The cause of colon cancer is unknown, but most cancers arise from polyps (growths) of the lining of the colon. Once diagnosed, treatment includes surgical resection (removal) of the involved colon. Following surgery, chemotherapy may be recommended. If you think you may be at-risk for colon cancer, or if you are experiencing a sudden, uncomfortable symptom that could be indicative of a greater health issue, contact Manhattan Surgical Associates to arrange a consultation.

It is our primary goal to help colon cancer patients increase their chances of survival. Call us at (646) 798-4606 or request a one-on-one consultation with our experts.

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Diagnosis and the Importance of Early Detection

Living a healthy and active lifestyle, undergoing regular screenings, staying aware of cancer causes or red flags, and proactively maintaining a balanced gut / intestine health can help prevent colon cancer. Importantly, regular screenings for at-risk patients can help detect colon cancer early – when it is most treatable – which can immediately increase chances of survival.

Colon cancer is diagnosed using a combination of patient history, physical examination, endoscopy, radiology, and pathology. The diagnosis is often made using colonoscopy with biopsies. When patients have endoscopy or surgery for the disease, tissue is often submitted to a pathologist for evaluation. The pathologist will examine the tissue under a microscope and will make a positive diagnosis for colon cancer.

Colonoscopy is also important in patients with a history of colon cancer for surveillance of the colon for development of tumor recurrence. Radiology tests that may be ordered include X-ray and CT scan of the chest, abdomen, and pelvis. These studies are often utilized in the evaluation for evidence of metastatic disease (tumor spread beyond the primary site in the colon).

Prevention, Treatment, and Support

The treatment of colon cancer varies based upon whether there is spread beyond the primary site in the colon. If there is no spread beyond the primary site in the colon, the treatment is often removal of the involved colon. Following removal of the colon, the pathologist will evaluate the tumor under the microscope and give it a stage based upon the depth of penetration of tumor in the wall of the colon and the presence of tumor in the lymph nodes surrounding the tumor. Based upon the stage of the tumor, postoperative chemotherapy may be recommended. Chemotherapy is administered by a Medical Oncologist.

The recommendation for any treatment strategy is individualized based upon the extent of disease and overall clinical presentation of the patient. If there is tumor spread beyond the primary tumor and it is not amenable to removal, surgery may not be recommended. In this situation, chemotherapy is often administered.

Helping Patients Cope with Colon Cancer

If you or a loved one is currently facing colon cancer, do not think you are alone. Coping with cancer can be an incredibly emotional, difficult, and seemingly helpless battle, but our team partners alongside cancer patients every step of the way. Our specialty services are specifically tailored to suit your needs and it is our primary goal to help you reach the best position to live a positive, happy, and healthy life after treatment.

Contact Manhattan Surgical Associates at (646) 798-4606 to learn how we can help you.