Colon cancer occurs in the large intestine (colon), which is the lower part of the digestive system. Rectal cancer is cancer of the last several inches of the colon. Together, they're often referred to as colorectal cancers.
Most cases of colon cancer begin as small, noncancerous (benign) clumps of cells called adenomatous polyps. However, over time, some of these polyps can develop into colon cancers. Polyps may be small and result in few, if any, symptoms. This is why doctors recommend regular screening tests to help prevent colon cancer by identifying polyps before they become colon cancer.
At the Natalie Warren Bryant Cancer Center, each patient’s treatment for colon cancer is personalized to provide the best possible results, while at the same time being cognizant of the patient’s quality of life. While focusing on the most advanced treatment of colorectal cancer, our team of highly skilled surgeons is committed to providing quality care with the least impact on our patients’ bodies. Minimally-invasive laparoscopic and robotic surgeries often can be used, which help to decrease pain and help patients recover and return to their daily activities faster.