Types of Cancer
Colon / Rectal
Colorectal cancer commonly refers to colon cancer or rectal cancer depending on where the cancer starts (rectum or colon). The colon is part of the large intestine and the rectum is the last several inches of the large intestine. Small clumps of cells called polyps can form inside the colon. Polyps are not necessarily cancerous but some have been known to turn into cancer. If detected in a screening, some recommend removing the polyps as a precaution against colon cancer. Because there is little space between the rectum and other organs, treatments to remove rectal cancer via surgery can be difficult.
What you should know
Colorectal cancer can start off as asymptomatic. However, change in bowel movement like diarrhea or constipation, blood in the stool, cramps, gas, stomach pain, weight loss, fatigue, and a feeling of the bowels not fully emptying during a bowel movement may be indicate the existence of colorectal cancer.
Like other cancers, genetic/family history can increase the likelihood of developing colorectal cancer. Other risk factors include inflammation of the bowels due to Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, obesity, a diet high in red meat and low in fiber, and limited physical activity. A healthy diet and regular exercise can help reduce the odds of developing colorectal cancer.
Surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy are common conventional treatments for colorectal cancer which can be very aggressive on the body. Other less invasive therapies to consider include more innovative and holistic methods that include immunotherapies. Schedule a consult with our medical staff to better understand how Dayspring Cancer Clinic can help you with your therapy options.