Surgery for colorectal cancer
Surgery is the most common colorectal cancer treatment. Surgery for colorectal cancer may involve removing tumors, the section of the colon in which the tumor was found, surrounding normal tissue and nearby lymph nodes and re-attaching the healthy ends of the intestine. In rare cases, the entire colon may need to be removed.
Patients may receive chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy before and/or after surgery for colorectal cancer. These adjuvant therapies may help shrink tumors before they are surgically removed and are intended to target cancer cells that may remain after surgery.
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What is surgery?
Surgery is used to diagnose, stage and treat cancer, and certain cancer-related symptoms. At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), our experienced surgeons have performed thousands of procedures and will discuss appropriate surgical options that meet your individual needs.
Whether a patient is a candidate for surgery depends on factors such as the type, size, location, grade and stage of the tumor, as well as general health factors such as age, physical fitness and other medical comorbidities. For many patients, surgery will be combined with other cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy or hormone therapy. These may be administered before surgery (neoadjuvant) or after surgery (adjuvant) to help prevent cancer growth, spread or recurrence.
Early in the treatment planning process, we plan for and proactively manage any side effects from surgery. Our nutritionists, rehabilitation therapists and naturopathic clinicians are available to work with your surgical oncologist to support your healing and quality of life. Our reconstructive surgeons perform procedures to restore the body's appearance and function, often at the time of surgery or following surgery.