Colorectal cancer is found in the colon or rectum. It is represented by the growth of polyps in the lower portion of the digestive tract, which can become cancerous. Colorectal cancer is often treated with chemotherapy, radiation or surgery. Colonoscopies are performed as screening measures to identify potential polyps.
Colorectal cancer doctors in Plantation, Florida
Although colon cancer is the third most common cancer for men and women in the U.S., early detection can allow us to effectively treat it.
At HCA Florida Westside Hospital, our goal is to identify cancer in the colon or rectum as early as possible so we can improve treatment outcomes. From diagnostic tests to minimally invasive surgery, our team provides a high level of care that is tailored to your needs.
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Colon cancer prevention and care
Whether you need a colonoscopy or advanced surgery, our colorectal cancer team is here for you. They work closely with our gastroenterology program to ensure you have comprehensive care.
Importance of colon cancer screenings
Colorectal cancer screening guidelines
The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends that people at average risk of colorectal cancer should start regular screening at 45 years old. Adults in good health should continue regular screening through 75 years old. Those with a family history of colorectal cancer or a personal history of certain types of polyps should be screened sooner. Talk with your doctor about when you should begin colorectal cancer screenings.
Signs and symptoms of colon cancer
Unlike some cancers, the early stages of colon cancer usually don’t have any signs or symptoms. However, as the cancer progresses, the most common signs of colon cancer include:
- A change in bowel movements (diarrhea or constipation)
- Blood in the stool or rectal bleeding
- Persistent pain or discomfort in the abdomen
- Unexplained weight loss
Colon cancer treatment options
We understand that everyone experiences cancer in a different way. This is why our colorectal program is comprised of a skilled and compassionate team of physicians who develop a cancer care plan tailored to your needs.
Our experienced team of medical oncologists, gastroenterologists, surgical oncologists and radiation oncologists will find the right treatment plan for you. We are also proud to be a certified program for minimally invasive colorectal surgery by The Joint Commission.
We offer many types of traditional and minimally invasive surgeries to treat colorectal conditions and cancer. Our minimally invasive options offer you reduced pain and scarring as well as shorter hospital stays.
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