Colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer in the United States. Finding and treating colorectal cancer during the early stages may increase your chances of a full recovery. At GI Specialists of Houston, LLP, in Baytown, North Loop, Houston, and Humble, Texas, the team specializes in diagnosing and treating colorectal cancer. To schedule an evaluation at the state-of-the-art practice, call the office closest to you or book an appointment online today.
Colorectal cancer or colon cancer is a type of cancer that starts in the colon or rectum. Your colon and rectum are part of your large intestine, which is the last section of your digestive tract.
Your large intestine absorbs fluid and nutrients from food waste before eliminating it from your body.
Colorectal cancer most often starts as a growth in the lining of the large intestine. These growths are known as colon polyps. Though most often benign, these growths may turn cancerous over time.
Colon cancer screening aims to find and remove colon polyps before they turn cancerous to reduce your risk of developing this common type of cancer.
Symptoms of colorectal cancer vary. During the early stages, you may not have any symptoms at all.
Common symptoms of colorectal cancer include:
Your risk of developing colon cancer increases as you get older. The United States Preventive Task Force recommends all adults start colon cancer screening at age 45 and continue up through age 75.
When you come in to see the experts at GI Specialists of Houston, LLP, with worrisome gastrointestinal symptoms, they conduct a comprehensive exam so you get an accurate diagnosis.
During the exam, your gastroenterologist reviews your symptoms and medical history and performs a physical. They may also run blood work and a stool test to screen for colorectal cancer.
To diagnose colorectal cancer, your gastroenterologist performs a colonoscopy and biopsy of your colon polyps or abnormal tissue.
Treatment for colorectal cancer may depend on your cancer stage, overall health, and personal preferences. The team at GI Specialists of Houston, LLP, works closely with you to develop a plan that best meets your needs.
Surgery to remove the cancerous tissue is the primary treatment. Surgical intervention may include a partial or total colectomy. You may also need chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or immunotherapy.
Colorectal cancer is treatable when found early. To schedule an evaluation with the gastrointestinal experts at GI Specialists of Houston, LLP, call the office or book an appointment online today.