What are the treatments for colon cancer?
If you’ve been diagnosed with colon cancer, surgery is the primary treatment. The type you undergo depends on what stage of cancer you have, the location, and the planned surgical outcomes. Some patients also benefit from chemotherapy and radiation.
What is preparation for colon cancer surgery like?
Prior to colon surgery, you need to cleanse your colon completely. The doctors at Turnquest Surgical Solutions put you on a special diet that involves laxative drinks and sometimes enemas to clear all the stool from your large intestine. The prep is much like that done prior to a colonoscopy screening.
What are the types of colon cancer surgery?
The doctors at Turnquest Surgical Solutions recommend the type of surgery for your colon cancer, depending on the extent of the disease and the location. Your current health and hoped-for outcome also influence the treatment plan. The types of surgery include:
This procedure removes the small growths that emerge on the inner lining of the colon. This is a very early stage of cancer, and when the polyps are precancerous their removal deters the development of the full condition.
If you have cancer in the rectum, the lowest portion of the colon, the doctors remove the cancer and some tissue of the wall of the rectum.
This procedure involves the removal of part or all of the colon so the cancerous tissue and any adjoining tissue are removed.
What are the benefits of laparoscopic colon surgery?
Laparoscopic surgery is an alternative to traditional open surgery that requires long incisions. It is a minimally invasive treatment for colon cancer.
The doctor makes 3-6 small incisions in the abdomen and uses small instruments along with the laparoscope, a thin tube equipped with a light and video camera, to perform the procedure.
With this type of surgery, your healing time, recovery, scarring, and risk of infection are greatly reduced. Laparoscopic surgery also gives the surgeon a better view inside your body for more precise and effective cancer removal.
When you need surgical treatment for colon cancer, call Turnquest Surgical Solutions or book an appointment using the online tool.