Colorectal Cancer Procedures
According to the American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons, colorectal cancer is the second most common cancer in the United States. If caught early, it is potentially curable. Family history of cancer, presence of polyps, personal history of ulcerative colitis or cancer in other organs are potential risk factors for colorectal cancer.
Most cases of colorectal cancer begin with noncancerous polyps. This is why removal of all polyps is recommended, the earlier the better. Often, early-stage polyps do not have any symptoms, so regular colonoscopies are useful to detect and remove early-stage polyps. The surgeons at Novant Health Charlotte Colon & Rectal Surgery perform both screening colonoscopy and therapeutic colonoscopy procedures to both detect and remove polyps. All colonoscopies are performed in a hospital setting with the assistance of an anesthesiologist both for safety and for patient comfort.
Once colorectal cancer has been detected, surgery is required in nearly all cases. Often, radiation and chemotherapy are used in addition to surgery. To learn more about colorectal cancer, please click here.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with colorectal cancer, our office is here to assess your diagnosis and explain your treatment options. We are open to providing second opinions if you are looking for alternative treatment plans. We are also open to working with oncologists or other providers to make sure you get the most comprehensive treatment available.
Please call our office at 704-333-1259 to schedule an appointment to discuss your colorectal cancer screening or treatment plan.