Colon Cancer Treatment

At the Sky Ridge Cancer Center, our team uses the most advanced treatment and therapies available to find and treat colon cancer at the earliest stage possible. We will create a treatment plan that is right for you – all in a compassionate, healing environment close to your home.

Did you know that colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States? However, it is up to 90% curable if detected early.

The American Cancer Society now recommends that adults at average risk of colorectal cancer start regular screening at age 45.

What is Colon Cancer?

Colon cancer is cancer of the large intestine (colon), the lower part of your digestive system. Rectal cancer is cancer of the last several inches of the colon. Together, they're often referred to as colorectal cancers.

Most cases of colon cancer begin as small, noncancerous growths called polyps. Over time some of these polyps become colon cancer. Polyps may be small and produce few, if any, symptoms. For this reason, we recommend regular screening tests to help prevent colon cancer by identifying and removing polyps before they become cancerous.

Dr. Doug Benson: About Colon Cancer

Common signs and symptoms for colon cancer include:

  • A change in bowel habits that lasts for more than a few days
  • A feeling that you need to have a bowel movement that is not relieved by doing so
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Blood in your stool
  • Cramping or abdominal pain
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Unintended weight loss

Dr. Ken Blake discusses signs, symptoms and treatment for colon cancer.

Colon Cancer Risk Factors

How do you know if you’re likely to have colon cancer? Being over 45 years old increases your chance of colon cancer. Other factors that may increase your chance of colon cancer include:

  • A personal history of inflammatory bowel disease
  • A personal or family history of colorectal cancer or polyps
  • Diet high in red meat and low in produce
  • Drinking more than one drink a day (women) or two drinks a day (men)
  • Having an inherited syndrome (i.e. familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) or Lynch Syndrome)
  • Having type 2 diabetes
  • Less than 30 minutes of physical activity a day
  • Overweight or obese
  • Smoking

Experts say if current trends continue, by 2030, colon cancer incidence rates will increase by 90 percent for people ages 20-34.

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Treatment options for Colon Cancer

Our team of doctor, nurses, surgeons and healthcare professionals will work together to create a treatment plan that is individualized for you. This may include:

  • Scheduled screenings to help prevent Colon Cancer:
    • Colonoscopy – looks at the entire colon and rectum with a small tube and video camera (still the gold standard)
    • Flexible sigmoidoscopy - looks at a part of the colon and rectum with a small tube and video camera
    • Fecal immunochemical test (FIT) and Guaiac-based fecal occult blood tests (gFOBT) – looks for blood in a stool sample
    • Stool DNA Test
  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation
  • Medications

Choose Sky Ridge Medical Center for Colon Cancer care because we offer: