West Cancer Center is positioned as the region’s comprehensive leader in adult cancer care and research. Our team at West Cancer Center offers an unparalleled colorectal cancer treatment plan for patients across the Mid-South region – collaborating with West’s leaders in radiation therapy, medical oncology, surgical oncology, and research to provide each patient with most individualized care possible.
A patient with colorectal cancer symptoms may have one or more of the following procedures to determine your diagnosis:
- CT scan: a CT scan is a technique for imaging body tissues and organs, during which X-ray transmissions are converted to detailed images using a computer.
- MRI: a MRI scan may be used to clearly define the extent of the tumor and to suggest a tumor type.
- Ultrasound: your doctor may perform an ultrasound, an imaging technique that uses sound waves to differentiate tissues based on varying tissue density.
- Colonoscopy: during a colonoscopy, a long flexible tube with camera attachment is inserted through the rectum, allowing physicians to examine the internal lining of the colon for polyps or other abnormalities.
- Biopsy: a sample of tissue is removed for examination and to determine a diagnosis.
Your Treatment Plan
Your colorectal cancer treatment plan will vary depending on multiple factors, including but not limited to your stage of diagnosis, as well as the location of your cancer. Your dedicated team of cancer experts will discuss your treatment options and plan with you, allowing you and your loved ones to consider all possible treatment options for your diagnosis.
Potential treatment options for your diagnosis include:
- Colectomy: a surgical procedure in which the portion of the colon or rectum with the tumor is removed and the two cut ends of the colon are sewn together. Some portion of the surrounding lymph nodes and tissue may also be removed.
- Laparoscopic surgery: a minimally-invasive surgical procedure where a small tube called a laparoscope is inserted into the abdomen through several small incisions. A camera is attached to the laparoscope, creating a live picture inside of the patient’s body. This image is used by the surgeon to guide the special instruments for the removal of the cancer and potentially some portion of surrounding tissues.
- Radiation therapy: often used with chemotherapy, radiation therapy is the use of high-powered radiation beams to kill cancer cells. To learn more Radiation Oncology and the types of radiation therapies offered at West Cancer Center, click here.
- Chemotherapy: a drug therapy designed to kill or slow the growth of cancer cells, chemotherapy may be used with radiation therapy and surgery to treat your cancer.