At Memorial Healthcare System, no one faces colon cancer alone. Our team includes physicians who are nationally recognized for their expertise and train other medical centers and physicians on the latest colon cancer treatment options. Our physicians collaborate to develop a plan that treats the disease while prioritizing your whole health and well-being.
How We Care for Colon Cancer at Memorial
At Memorial, we provide comprehensive cancer screening, cancer diagnosis and cancer treatment services for all stages of colon cancer. We partner with you to treat cancer in a way that’s best for you, supporting your mind, body and spirit every step of the way.
You benefit from our:
- Exceptional care, small community feel: Our community-based cancer care program provides many of the same treatment options available at larger teaching hospitals but much closer to home. We get to know you personally, and you can reach us anytime you have questions or concerns.
- Experience: Many of our colorectal surgeons are fellowship-trained, which provides a high level of expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of colon cancer. Our physicians specialize in treating gastrointestinal cancers and treat many patients with similar conditions. That means we have the knowledge and skill to handle a wide range of diseases, including those that are complex and relatively rare.
- Surgical precision: Surgery effectively treats many types of colon cancers, and our surgeons are experienced in minimally invasive techniques. A laparoscopic or robotic approach helps many patients avoid a long hospital stay or the need for a permanent ostomy (a surgical procedure that reroutes waste from the intestines out of the body when part of the bowel is diseased or removed). Our nurses are specially trained to help you manage this life change, should it be necessary for you.
- High-risk screening programs: Colon cancer can run in families. Memorial offers specialized colonoscopy screening services to help monitor those at high risk for cancer. Learn more about colonoscopy and other GI cancer screenings.
- Team mindset: No cancer is exactly the same, so we rely on multiple types of expertise to treat every patient. Medical oncologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists and pathologists work together to ensure a treatment plan that covers all the bases and targets specific conditions.
- Access to clinical trials: Our physicians work with research experts and top medical institutions, such as the National Cancer Institute, in a constant effort to diagnose and treat cancer in more effective ways. We offer patients access to a range of clinical trials that explore promising new cancer treatments.
- Wide-ranging support: Our patient navigators help guide your cancer treatment process. From scheduling appointments to managing uncomfortable side effects, we’re here to handle the logistics of your care. Learn more about support services for cancer patients.
- Care for your whole health: Cancer affects more than your physical health. Our genetic counselors, psychologists and integrative medicine specialists are trained to your emotional well-being as well as your physical health.
Our Comprehensive Colon Cancer Treatments
If you’ve been diagnosed with colon cancer, you, your family and your cancer team will discuss treatment options to determine the right plan for you based on your personal goals, benefits, risks and side effects.
Treatment options for colon cancer depend on the colon cancer stage, location and how far the cancer has spread. The main types of treatment include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, immunotherapy and targeted therapy.
Learn more about gastrointestinal and colon cancer treatments.
Surgery for Colon Cancer
Minimally invasive surgery is usually the first and most effective treatment for colon cancer.
- Polypectomy: If your colon cancer is small and in an early stage, your doctor can remove the tumor during a colonoscopy.
- Colectomy: Colon cancer that has grown through your colon may require a colectomy, where a part or all of your colon is removed.
Chemotherapy for Colon Cancer
Chemotherapy medication may also be recommended:
- Before surgery to shrink the cancer so it’s easier to remove
- After surgery to remove any remaining cancer cells and reduce risk of recurrence
- To relieve symptoms that can’t be removed through surgery
For more information about colon cancer care, call 954-265-9520 for surgical oncology, or 954-844-1617 for colon and rectal surgery.