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Colon & Anal Cancer

What are symptoms of colorectal cancer?

  • Rectal bleeding
  • Changes in bowel habits
  • Change in stool appearance
  • Weight loss
  • Abdominal or rectal pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue

What are symptoms of anal cancer?

  • Bleeding from the rectum or anus
  • Pain or the feeling of a lump or mass at the anal opening
  • Persistent or recurrent itching
  • Change in bowel habits (having more or fewer bowel movements) or increased straining during a bowel movement
  • Narrowing of the stools
  • Discharge (mucous or pus) from the anus
  • Swollen lymph nodes (glands) in the anal or groin areas

Treatment for colon & rectal and anal cancer

If you have been diagnosed with colon & rectal or anal cancer, it's important to understand there's hope. If cancer is detected in its early stage, 80% to 90% of people have restoration to normal health following treatment. Your unique treatment will depend on factors such as your general health, the site of your tumor and the stage the cancer has reached, which we will determine based on the following questions:

  1. How extensive was the growth of the tumor?
  2. Has the tumor spread through the colon wall?
  3. Were any lymph nodes near the tumor involved?
  4. Has the cancer spread to other parts of the body (i.e., the liver)?

In almost all cases of colon & rectal cancer, surgery is required to remove the portion of the colon that contains the tumor, as well as any nearby tissue. We may also recommend radiation and chemotherapy, or a combination of both, in addition to surgery.

Most anal cancers, however, can be treated with a combination of chemotherapy and radiation alone. We often reserve surgery for advanced cancers or anal cancers that have not responded to chemo and radiation therapy.

If your condition requires surgery, our team uses the most advanced laparoscopic (minimally invasive) and robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgical techniques to treat you whenever possible. Robotic surgery allows us to perform precise, minimally invasive surgery (MIS) in a manner never before experienced to improve your healing and promote well-being.