Treatment & Care at NCH

Colorectal Cancer

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At NCH's GI Center you'll find nationally recognized specialists, advanced treatments, and superior care—all in a state-of-the-art environment.

Colorectal cancer is preventable

Colorectal cancer, cancers of the colon and rectum, is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. It strikes more than 140,000 Americans and kills about 50,000 every year. But early detection can make all the difference. A healthy diet and active lifestyle can also reduce your risk. If you're over 50, it's definitely time to get a colonoscopy. But if you have a family history of colorectal cancer you might need to get tested earlier.

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A routine colonoscopy can save your life

Colonoscopy is one of the procedures used for prevention and early detection of colorectal cancer when it's most treatable. Colonoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that allows the physician to examine the entire large intestine.

A colonoscopy allows a doctor to look inside the entire large intestine, which is also called the colon. The procedure enables the physician to see things such as inflamed tissue, abnormal growths and ulcers. It is most often used to look for early signs of cancer in the colon and rectum.  It is also used to look for causes of unexplained changes in bowel habits and to evaluate symptoms like abdominal pain, rectal bleeding and weight loss.

Other screenings include:
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Treatments
Treatment 1

Surgery

Surgery is the primary treatment for colorectal cancer. NCH has board certified surgeons to provide a full range of specialized care. Minimally invasive treatment of superficial gastrointestinal cancers are available.

Treatment 2

Radiation Therapy

External beam radiation therapy is a common treatment for colorectal cancer. The tumor volume is planned by utilizing 3-D technique ensuring precise treatment to the tumor volume.

Treatment 3

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy medication is delivered orally or through an IV. It affects both normal tissue and the cancer cells, so patients may experience side effects, such as severe nausea and vomiting, infections, fatigue and weight loss. Chemotherapy is often given to a patient in combination with other types of cancer treatment.

The NCH Cancer Team

Multidisciplinary team of colorectal cancer specialists

Northwest Community Healthcare has teams of highly experienced, board-certified physicians including surgeons, pathologists, oncologists, radiologists and other specialists. Patient Navigators and Magnet®-designated nurses, advanced practice nurses, social workers, dietitians and rehab specialists work together to provide the best possible cancer care throughout your cancer treatment process.

These teams meet weekly to review cancer diagnosis and treatment plans —giving our cancer patients the benefit of multiple opinions. NCH's team-based approach to cancer treatment gives you the attention and care you deserve.

Medical Oncologist - Physician who specializes in diagnosing and treating cancer.

Surgical Oncologist - Physician specially trained in the surgical treatment of cancer.

Radiation Oncologist - Physician who specializes in treating cancer with radiation.

Gastroenterologist - Physician who specializes in the management of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and liver.

Use our online directory to find a doctor or call 1-844-NCH-HEALTH for a cancer specialist who is right for you.

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Sasha

Sasha

As a GI nurse, Sasha often worked with patients who underwent colonoscopies that detected cancer, but when she noticed irregular bowel movements at age 38, she found herself on the other side of the table.

Read Sasha's Story

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