Surgery is one of the most effective treatment options for colon cancer. Our surgeons at North Texas Surgical Specialists in Fort Worth, Texas, offer colon cancer surgeries for patients who have been diagnosed with this type of cancer. Patients in the Fort Worth region with diagnosis of colon cancer should contact the office to schedule an appointment.
What is colon cancer?
Colon cancer is a cancer that begins in the large intestine, which is the last part of the digestive system. In its early stages, colon cancer may not cause any symptoms. However, as the disease progresses, patients may experience:
- Abdominal pain
- Blood in the stool
- Rectal bleeding
- A change in bowel habits
- Weight loss
- Weakness or fatigue
Because colon cancer is very curable when it’s caught early, patients over the age of 50 should undergo regular colon cancer screenings.
How is colon cancer treated?
The treatments recommended for patients with colon cancer will depend on the stage of the disease, as well as other factors. The patient may need surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and/or targeted drug therapies.
What happens during colon cancer surgery?
There are a variety of colon cancer surgeries we may perform depending on the many variables with this disease. For example, when the cancer is small, we may use minimally-invasive surgery to remove the tumor and some of the surrounding tissue. For invasive cancers, we may perform a partial colectomy, which is a procedure that removes the part of the colon that contains cancer. He may also remove nearby lymph nodes to test for cancer.
When cancer is very advanced, we may perform a surgery to remove any part of the tumor that is blocking the colon.
How is waste removed after a partial colectomy?
When one of our surgeons remove part of the colon, they will try to reconnect the healthy portions of the colon so that the patient can eliminate waste normally. However, in some cases, this may not be possible. If a surgeon can’t reconnect the remaining parts of the colon, they will create a colostomy. Depending on the situation, the colostomy may be temporary or permanent.
Does surgery cure colon cancer?
In some cases, surgery alone can cure colon cancer. However, if the cancer has spread, surgery may be used in combination with other treatments to achieve a cure. In cases where cancer is advanced, our surgeons may perform surgery to improve the patient’s symptoms, rather than to cure the cancer.