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Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Colorectal cancer requires expert care.
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Colorectal cancer is the term for cancers found in the colon or the rectum, which make up the large intestine. It may also be referred to as bowel cancer. Colon cancer and rectal cancer are grouped together because they share many characteristics, symptoms and treatments. Colorectal cancer, one of the most common cancers in United States, affects both men and women. The treatments and side effects of this disease may impact your quality of life. That’s why it’s important to turn to doctors with expertise in colorectal cancer—experts who will work to help you understand the disease and the array of treatment options available to you. The gastroenterologists and oncologists at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) understand the complexities of colorectal cancer and what you can do to fight it.

Our cancer hospitals treat colorectal cancer with a commitment to comprehensive, personalized care, developing treatment plans individualized for each patient’s specific needs. Your care regimen is designed to help you maintain your quality of life, while providing treatment options targeted to your colorectal cancer type and stage. At CTCA®, we take an integrative approach to patient care, combining state-of-the-art colorectal cancer treatments with supportive therapies to treat not just the disease but the whole person. Explore this section to learn more about colorectal cancer, its symptoms and side effects, and the treatments we offer.

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Learn About Colorectal Cancer

Colon cancer and rectal cancer are often grouped together, as colorectal cancer, because of the two diseases share many characteristics, symptoms and treatment approaches. Colorectal cancer is the third most common non-skin cancer in the United States, for both men and women. It is a slow-growing disease, which typically develops over several years. Symptoms include changes in bowel habits, constipation, diarrhea, bloody stools, unexplained weight loss and nausea and vomiting.

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Colorectal Cancer Diagnostic Evaluations

Colorectal cancer is most often discovered after symptoms have developed, but certain screening tools may help diagnose the disease in its early stages, before signs appear. That’s why experts recommend colonoscopies beginning at age 50 for men and women at average risk, and sooner for those with a family history or other risk factors. Other tests include blood samples and a digital rectal exam, which is most commonly performed at an annual physical exam.

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Colorectal Cancer Treatment Options

Surgery is the most common first-line treatment for colorectal cancer. Depending on the disease’s type, stage and other factors, surgery may involve removing the tumor, the tissue around it and nearby lymph nodes. Radiation therapy may also be recommended under certain scenarios. If chemotherapy is part of your treatment plan, it may be delivered intravenously or in pill form. For certain advanced or metastatic colorectal cancers, several targeted therapy drug have been approved as treatment options.

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Colorectal Cancer Supportive Care Services

Colorectal cancer and its treatments may cause a number of side effects that impact patients’ quality of life, including pain, appetite loss and relationship challenges. At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), we believe in supporting patients’ well-being and quality of life, throughout the treatment process, so they are better able to stay on their treatment plan without interruptions. That’s why we offer each patient a variety of supportive care services designed to help manage side effects. 

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