About Colon Cancer
Colon cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, is a type of disease that starts in the large intestine or rectum. The colon is a part of the digestive system, which plays an essential role in the digestion and transportation of our food. Colon cancer usually affects men and women over the age of 50, but it can arise in younger individuals as well. It typically begins as a small, noncancerous cluster of cells (polyps) within the colon. Over time, these polyps can develop into colon cancer. Calaway·Young Cancer Center in Glenwood Springs, CO offers a variety of treatments for men and women who are fighting colon cancer. Call our office today to schedule a private consultationation with one of our seasoned oncologists.
Types of Colon Cancer
The various types of colon cancer include:
- Adenocarcinomas (most common)
- Carcinoid tumors
- Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs)
We aren't certain of the cause of colon cancer, however, we do know it starts as a benign growth on the inner lining of the colon or rectum. In general, abnormal growths or tumors develop when healthy cells begin to mutate and grow. These cancerous cells can also spread (metastasis) to other areas of the body. Factors that may increase one's risks of developing colon cancer can include old age, race, inflammatory intestinal diseases, having a low fiber/high-fat diet, inherited syndromes, and having a family history of colon cancer.
Common symptoms of colon cancer include:
- A change in bowel movements, such as diarrhea, constipation, or consistency of the stool
- The feeling of not being able to completely relieve oneself
- Rectal bleeding or blood in the stool
- Constant discomfort in the abdominal area, such as cramps, gas, or pain
- Unexpected weight loss
- Weakness or fatigue
Our cancer team practices a multidisciplinary approach and collaborates with other health care professionals at Valley View Hospital, such as gastroenterologists, colon and rectal surgeons, pathologists, and radiologists to treat colon cancer. Together, we come up with the best treatment plan for our patients, which may include radiation, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy. We also offer other services, such as cancer counseling, to help patients and their families through this difficult time.
Leading cancer Care
At Calaway·Young Cancer Center, our board-certified cancer team works effortlessly to provide men and women with the best cancer care possible. We also utilize a multi-institutional approach of medical research to provide the latest and most effective treatment forms. Our Calaway·Young Cancer Center is committed to helping the community of Valley View in any way we can to help them overcome colon cancer.