Healthcare: Cancer Care

Colorectal Cancer

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About Us

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The Colorectal Cancer Program in Houston, Texas, offers compassionate, patient-centered care and the latest techniques for the treatment of colon and rectal cancers. Our multidisciplinary approach aims to provide you the best chance for cure and maximizing quality of life, avoiding a permanent ostomy whenever possible.

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Why Choose Us?

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When you come to the Colorectal Cancer Program, you will be cared for by a highly specialized, multidisciplinary team. Our surgeons work closely with expert gastroenterologists and medical and radiation oncologists from the Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center to provide the most advanced treatments and, when applicable, the latest clinical trials.

We offer minimally invasive, laparoscopic, robotic and transanal surgical procedures for benign and malignant pathology of the colon, rectum, and anus. Our team also has extensive experience in sphincter-saving procedures for low rectal cancer. We have one of the few surgeons in the country who can perform a specialized procedure called Robotic Transanal Total Mesorectal Excision, which allows patients with colorectal cancer avoid a permanent colostomy.

When it comes to colorectal cancer, there is no time to spare, and for that reason, our patients can be seen within a week of making an appointment. Below you will find a comprehensive list of what we treat and our procedures.

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What You Need To Know About Colorectal Cancer

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Colorectal cancer can start in the colon or the rectum. Colon cancer and rectal cancer often are grouped together because of the commonality between the two diseases. Most colorectal cancers start as a growth known as a polyp, in the lining of the colon or rectum. Some types of polyps, known as adenomas, have a higher risk of becoming cancer. Additionally, the size and number of polyps found can increase the likelihood of colorectal cancer.

Physicians in our Colorectal Cancer Program offer compassionate, patient-centered care and the latest techniques for the treatment of colon and rectal cancers. Our multidisciplinary approach is aimed at providing you the best chance for cure and maximizing quality of life, avoiding a permanent ostomy whenever possible.

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Prevention and Risk Factors

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Preventative steps can help lower your risk of colorectal cancer. These include eating a healthy diet, maintaining an active lifestyle, and limiting alcohol and tobacco use. Risk factors that can increase your chances of getting colorectal cancer include:

  • Ethnicity
  • Age
  • Obesity
  • History of colorectal polyps
  • Irritable bowel disease
  • Family history
  • Type 2 diabetes
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Symptoms

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Colorectal cancer is not always symptomatic. As the cancer develops, patients may notice:

  • A change in bowel habits, such as diarrhea, constipation, or narrowing of the stool, that lasts for more than a few days
  • A feeling that you need to have a bowel movement that is not relieved by having one
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Blood in the stool
  • Cramping or abdominal pain
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Unintended weight loss
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Screening and Diagnosis

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The American Cancer Society recommends at age 50, men and women at average risk for developing colorectal cancer should be screened. Colorectal Screening tests can include the following:

  • Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT or IFOBT)
  • DNA Stool Tests
  • Fecal Occult Blood Tests (FOBT)
  • Sigmoidoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Rigid proctoscopy and endorectal ultrasound
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Treatment

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The stage in which your cancer is will affect your treatment plan. Treatments can include surgery, chemotherapy, targeted therapy or immunotherapy.

Patients also have access to National Cancer Institute-sponsored clinical trials.

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What We Treat