Colorectal cancer occurs in the colon, a muscular tube that is part of your large intestine. Colon cancer can grow slowly over a long period of time, often beginning as small benign polyps. However, some polyps can enlarge and become cancerous. Guthrie recommends men and women, beginning at the age of 50, have regular colon cancer screenings. A colonoscopy screening examines and collects samples from the inner lining of your large intestine and can lead to early cancer detection, when treatment options are greatest. At Guthrie 90% of colorectal cancer detected between Stage 0-1 experienced a 5-year survival rate.
At Guthrie our colorectal cancer physicians offer complete care for men and women with colon cancer. Our team of experts is fellowship-trained and provides the latest in staging and treatment options, including Interventional Endoscopy and Endoscopic Ultrasound, which has 94% accuracy. We have treatment options for those with early to late stage cancers.
Our colorectal cancer specialists provide a range of treatment options including traditional open surgery, minimally invasive techniques and non-surgical options including:
- Image-guided radiation therapy.
- Laparoscopic colon cancer surgery.
- Minimally invasive techniques including endoscopic mucosal resection, which removes cancerous tissue with a narrow, flexible endoscope.
- Open colon cancer surgery including resection or colectomy.
- Robotic colon cancer surgery.