If you or a loved one have recently been diagnosed with cancer, we know it comes with a lot more questions than answers. Our care specialists are here to guide you through the next steps, support resources, financial resources, and anything else you may need.
Treating Colorectal Cancer
Colorectal cancer is a common term for a cancerous (malignant) tumor that starts in the colon or the rectum. These cancers can also be named colon cancer or rectal cancer, depending on where they start. Colon cancer and rectal cancer are often combined because they have many common features. Treatment options for colorectal cancer depend on many factors, including the type and stage of the disease, but you can expect a combination of these types of treatments:
Local treatments refer to treatment that treats the tumor without affecting the rest of the body. Common local treatments of colorectal cancer are surgery to remove the tumor and radiation therapy. Depending on the type of colorectal cancer and how advanced it is, you might need other types of treatment as well, either before or after surgery, or sometimes both.
Systemic reach cancer cells almost anywhere in the body. They can be given by mouth or put directly into the bloodstream. Depending on the type of colorectal cancer, different types of treatment might be used, including:
- Chemotherapy for Colorectal Cancer
- Targeted therapy for Colorectal Cancer
- Immunotherapy for Colorectal Cancer
How quickly do I need to make a decision about colorectal cancer treatment?
Treatment for colorectal cancer should start soon after diagnosis. But, it’s important to take the time to review and understand your treatment options. Everyone’s circumstances and cancer diagnosis are unique, and our team will work with you to go over all your options and create the best treatment plan.
The Tri-Cities Cancer Center Approach
A cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming, which is why we have created a center of excellence that creates collaboration between physician specialists that provide world-class treatment in the Tri-Cities and surrounding areas, and support beyond your doctor’s appointments.
In addition to radiation oncology treatment, the Center offers a multitude of patient care services including:
- Patient Navigation services including nurse-managed care coordination
- Educational information on cancer and care options
- Support groups for patients and families. (Spanish groups now available)
- Patient Fitness Programs, including WellFit™
- On-site Chaplaincy Services
- Nutritional Consultations
Our team of passionate health professionals offer free cancer screenings for your peace of mind.