Colorectal cancer usually begins in the colon or the rectum. It often begins as a polyp, an abnormal growth of tissue in the lining of the colon. These polyps can become cancer. Having regular screenings such as a colonoscopy can help doctors find and remove polyps early before they have a chance to become cancer. Having regular screenings can help prevent colorectal cancer and with the advances in diagnostic technology, surgery and disease management, colorectal cancer can be very treatable.
At St. Joseph’s Cancer Institute, we offer many advanced treatments for colorectal cancer, including general and robotic surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Our cancer care team is made up of colorectal cancer surgeons, along with other oncology specialists. They will take time to answer all your questions in a manner you can understand with compassion and expertise.
Facing a diagnosis of colorectal cancer is difficult for both the person diagnosed and the family, which is why our team of doctors, nurses, nutritionists and other health practitioners are here to help you during this challenging time.
More About Colorectal Cancer in Tampa, FL
Your digestive tract includes your esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine (colon) and rectum. Colorectal cancer affects the large intestine or the rectum.
Because of how close the large intestine is to other organs, this cancer can easily spread. That is why it is so important to understand your risk factors, as well as signs and symptoms of colorectal cancer. Learn more about:
- Colorectal cancer risk factors
- Signs and symptoms of colorectal cancer
- Colorectal cancer treatments
- Cancer support services
For more information about the Cancer Institute or for a physician referral, please call the Cancer HelpLine at (800) 882-4123 or (813) 870-4123.