Colorectal cancer treatment
If you have been diagnosed with colon cancer, rectal cancer or another type of cancer involving the colon or rectum, Novant Health Colon and Rectal Clinic is here for you. Our providers will work with other specialists involved in your care to understand your diagnosis and collaborate on needed treatment.
We understand you want answers quickly after receiving a cancer diagnosis. Whenever possible, we offer same-day or next-day appointments so you can get clarity on your treatment options without delay.
Often, surgery is done in conjunction with radiation or chemotherapy. Our office will help to coordinate throughout your cancer journey-- before, during and after your surgery.
You can look over this page to learn more about some of the common cancers we help to treat. This is not a comprehensive list. If you do not see a condition listed here for which you require treatment, please call our office so that we can get you the information you need.
Common colorectal cancer treatments
If a doctor suspects you might have colorectal cancer, procedures including colonoscopies and flexible sigmoidoscopies allow surgeons to see the colon and rectum to arrive at a definitive diagnosis. Treatment for colorectal cancer often includes surgery to remove cancerous polyps or cells so as to prevent the further spread of cancer. A colectomy, or colon resection, is a surgical procedure in which a portion of the colon, or large intestine, is removed. Most of our patients are candidates for minimally invasive robotic colorectal resections.
Click here for an overview of common surgical procedures for colorectal cancers.
A note about anal cancer treatment
Anal cancer occurs when abnormal cells in the anus, which connects the rectum to the outside of the body, cannot control their growth. Anal cancer is often called squamous cell carcinoma. Symptoms can include bleeding, pain or itching in the anal area, as well as the feeling of a mass at the anal opening or discharge from the anus. Although anal cancer is usually successfully treated non-surgically with radiation and chemotherapy, our colorectal surgeons actively participate in the evaluation and management of these patients.
Click here to learn more about anal cancer treatment.