Small polyps, known as adenomas or growths in the colon or rectum can lead to cancer, although very few polyps are actually cancerous.
One of the most common and preventable cancer types in men and women, cancers of the colon and rectum (colorectal) typically occur without symptoms, except for some abdominal discomfort, a change in bowel habits or bleeding. Regular screening colonoscopies can prevent these cancers through early detection and treatment, resulting in improved survival rates, especially for people over 50. Screening at earlier ages may be recommended if you have a family member who has been diagnosed with colorectal cancer.
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Parkland Medical Center offers you a full range of gastrointestinal services and tests and imaging options related to diagnosis, treatment and follow–up care for colorectal cancer. We perform colorectal procedures, including colonoscopy—available through our freestanding Endoscopy Center in the Nutfield Professional Building—to prevent cancer by removing polyps and to address related conditions.
If surgery is needed, our highly skilled and proficient surgeons use the latest in minimally invasive procedures, including laparoscopy, to remove colorectal cancers and reconnect intestinal tissue, which means you experience less post–procedure pain and faster recovery. Chemotherapy may also be an option for follow–up care, especially if lymph nodes are involved.
Learn more about colorectal cancer in our online Health Library.
Rehabilitation & Recovery
Support your recovery and regain function during and after treatment by taking advantage of the extensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services available to you through Parkland Medical Center. Our compassionate clinicians, nurses and therapists deliver the expert care you need. Your overall recuperation, return to daily activities and outlook on life can also benefit from our extensive cancer recovery and support resources, lunch–and–learn sessions, healing arts workshops, palliative care, pain management and more.
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