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)
"Greetings Dr. Rossi, I don't know who hires and trains your employees but I have to say, I have never in all my travels, through 20 countries in this world and every state in the United States, I have never, ever met such Quality, Caring and Professional people anywhere. From my first contact as well as my follow-up, not to mention the oversight of the nurse navigator and her expertise and watchful caring, as well as your personal nurse, to integrated therapies, who ever does your hiring and training, it is the best place I've ever been in this world- Congratulations, keep it up!!! One last comment. In my quest to find the best treatment I was told by three different doctors that you were unquestionably the BEST! In my experience in working with you thus far you have surpassed what your colleagues have said about you. I don't know if you have any idea what that does emotionally and realistically in a patient's heart, but I can tell you it adds to the healing - Big Time! I say two thumbs up to the Calaway-Young Cancer Center and Valley View!"- J.H. / Office Visit / Feb 12, 2019
"We wanted to tell you about our recent and ongoing experience at the Calaway-Young Cancer Center. A cancer diagnosis is life-changing and so our experience with your facility, nursing and allied staff, and doctors is very important for both patient and caregiver. We hope our few remarks below will help you with your administration of the center and give assurance to new patients about the quality of care they can expect. We’ve learned from other sources that the technology offered is state of the art. The facility is beautiful. The exam rooms and waiting areas are welcoming and comforting to the patient and caregiver. In his work, the patient has been in cancer centers around the country, including university hospitals, and none compare. The nursing and allied staff, were all dedicated to doing their best and concerned about the patient’s well-being at all times. They were also committed to learning any new procedures or processes and did so with interest whereas in other places, the same people might not be as attentive due to the volume of patients seen or a high level of stress experienced by staff. Thank you, for checking in with us so often and showing such compassion to our family members."- S.E. / Office Visit / Mar 12, 2013
"Dr. Rovira - He saved my life and I am forever grateful. He is the best physician I have ever had!!!"- Anonymous / Vitals / Jul 18, 2011
"I wanted to express my gratitude for your professionalism and amazing gift of caring for people! I have had a number of experiences with a variety of health professionals and your team rates over the top! This journey with cancer has been by far the most challenging health issue, yet one of the most positive! This is thanks to you and the other entities involved with the Cancer Center! I was very impressed with the way you handled our “little bump in the road” with communication about the first simulation and positioning! I trust your team has grown from that experience and I want you to know that your support, understanding, and professionalism did not go unnoticed! Your process of handling it instilled trust and confidence! The thought to involve integrative therapies was superb! It really brought me through!"- anonymous / Office Visit / Feb 18, 2020
"I just wanted to thank you for all your help and being such a good advocate for my overall care throughout all of my treatments last year. I appreciate your efforts to show up to all my appointments, help take notes, answer questions, or go out of your way to find answers and to pay attention and care about me not only as a patient but a person. The team you all have at Calaway is unprecedented and truly special and gifted. All of you are amazing people and caregivers, you should be proud of the amazing work and care you put into each patient and their families. Thank you for providing me a 2nd chance! Please pass along my gratitude to anyone I missed. Thank you so much, you truly did help “navigate” through this whole process and make it so much easier. Thank you!"- S.M. / Office Visit / Jan 22, 2020
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.