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Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer is preventable

Colorectal cancer 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. It is one of the few cancers that can be detected early enough to make a big difference.

If you're over 50, it's definitely time to get a colonoscopy. And if you have a family history of colorectal cancer, you might need to get tested even earlier.

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A routine colonoscopy can save your life

Colonoscopy is one of the diagnostic procedures used for prevention and early detection of colorectal cancer when it's most treatable. During a colonoscopy, physicians examine the entire large intestine and look for inflamed tissue, abnormal growths and ulcers. Most often used to look for early signs of cancer, colonoscopy can also help determine the causes of unexplained changes in bowel habits and evaluate symptoms like abdominal pain, rectal bleeding and weight loss.

Other screenings include:
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Treatments available

If you are diagnosed with cancer or a pre-cancerous condition, NCH offers the latest and most effective treatments available to give you an excellent chance of recovery.


Surgery is the primary treatment for colorectal cancer. NCH’s board-certified surgeons provide a full range of specialized care. Minimally invasive treatment of superficial gastrointestinal cancers also is available.

Da Vinci® Surgical System

The da Vinci® Surgical System allows surgeons to use robotic arms and precise 3-D imaging with up to 10x magnification in performing complex operations through tiny incisions. That means a high degree of accuracy with almost no scarring.

Radiation Therapy

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


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 in combination with other types of cancer treatment.

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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 care throughout your cancer treatment process.

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

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