Cancer of the large intestine (colon and rectum) is an aggressive cancer that may be associated with difficulty having bowel movements, bleeding, bloating, and pain. It requires a coordinated treatment plan that includes surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. It is very important that the proper lymph node surgery be combined with the colon or rectal surgery. Many patients with rectal cancer need preoperative (before surgery) chemotherapy and radiation. Many patients may be able to avoid a permanent colostomy with the properly coordinated treatments.
Physicians who treat colorectal tumors:
Robert C.G. Martin, II, M.D., Ph.D.
Kelly M. McMasters, M.D., Ph.D.
Charles R. Scoggins, M.D., M.B.A.
Kelli Bullard Dunn, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.S.C.R.S.
Special therapies for colorectal cancer offered by the Division of Surgical Oncology:
- Resection (surgery) of the colon and rectum.
- Extended lymph node dissection.
- Laparoscopic surgery.
- Very-low anterior resection / coloanal resection (removal of very low rectal cancers with preservation of the anal muscle function and avoidance of a permanent colostomy.
- Pelvic exenteration for very advanced or recurrent rectal cancer.
Research protocols currently open for colorectal cancer:
- Outcomes in surgical oncology
- Cell-saver autotransfusion in surgical oncology
- Biobanking of tumor tissue for molecular research
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