Treatment for Colorectal Tumors
Surgical Treatment of Colorectal Tumors
Different types of treatment are available for patients with colorectal cancer, but surgery is the most common treatment for all stages. We work closely to carefully identify the location and extent of colorectal tumors and then determine the best surgical treatment approach. Most colorectal procedures can be done minimally invasively. The decision on which operative approach to use is made based on the patient’s medical and past surgical history and the extent of their disease.
For very small cancers (like ones found within a polyp), a local excision may be appropriate. This is where a scope with a cutting device is inserted inside the colon and used to remove the cancer without making incisions on the abdominal wall.
Larger colorectal cancers that have not spread are usually treated by removing the section of colon where the cancer is and performing an anastomosis (connecting the two ends of the colon back together). The type of surgery for colorectal cancer depends mainly on where in the colon or rectum the cancer is located and the extent of disease. Typically a removal of lymph nodes is done at the same time.