Learning you have cancer in your large intestine or colon, turns your world upside down. The professionals at Kettering Cancer Care are here to help you make sense of it all and develop a plan that puts you on the path to the best possible treatment.
We have an experienced team in place that will help guide you and your family on the path ahead. Our combination of cutting-edge treatments, as well as the educational, emotional and spiritual support we offer, is our commitment to your health and your life.
Screening tests available today make it possible to catch changes taking place in the colon and rectum - such as benign growths, or polyps - before they have a chance to turn malignant or cancerous. In fact, regular screening can identify colon cancer at an early stage - before the cancer has spread - when the 5-year survival rate is 90 percent.
Your Kettering Cancer Care team is here to help ensure that, when appropriate for your age and risk factors, you receive screenings that detect the cancer as early as possible, giving you the best chance of survival in the event you're diagnosed with colon cancer.
If your doctor believes that you could have colon cancer, he or she will most likely recommend either a colonoscopy - a procedure that utilizes a tiny video camera and enables your oncologist to view the inside of your colon - or a series of specialized computed tomography (CT) X-ray scans that allows your doctor to see polyps, or growths, inside the colon. If it's determined that you have colon cancer, your Kettering Cancer Care oncologist will order further tests, including abdominal and chest CT scans, to determine the stage, or progression, of the cancer.
At Kettering Cancer Care, colon cancer treatments are based on the type and stage of colon cancer you may be diagnosed with, and your personal wishes for treatment. Frequently utilized options your oncologist may advise are:
The surgeons, oncologists, specially trained nurses, nutritionists and chaplains at Kettering Cancer Care are here to help you with your colon cancer diagnosis and treatment. Let us help you with this challenge.