More than 95 percent of colorectal cancers begin as a polyp--a growth that begins in the lining of the colon or rectum and grows into the center of the colon or rectum. Removing a polyp early may keep it from becoming cancer. A colorectal cancer screening can detect cancer, polyps, nonpolypoid lesions, and other conditions even before symptoms become obvious.
Experts at Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center understand colorectal cancer and work as a team to design the best treatment plan. A typical team is made up of surgical, medical, and radiation oncologists, as well as social workers and nurses. Treatment plans may include:
- Genetic counseling
- Radiation therapy
- Targeted therapy
Not long ago, laparoscopic surgery was heralded as a big improvement over traditional open surgery. Now there's an even simpler approach to laparoscopy.