Colorectal Cancer Program at Grand View Hospital
Colorectal cancer is among the most treatable forms of cancer, particularly if found in its early stages. As a leader in cancer care for Upper Bucks and Northeastern Montgomery counties, Grand View's comprehensive Colorectal Cancer Program features a highly-experienced staff, advanced diagnostic services, and advanced treatments.
Surgical Treatments for Colorectal Cancer at Grand View Hospital
- Polypectomy, Local Excision, and Transanal Excision
During polypectomy or local excision, an instrument called a colonscope is inserted into the rectum to remove small or early tumors and polyps. During transanal excision, instruments pump air into the anus, allowing the physician to scoop out the tumors or polyps.
Depending on the size and location of the cancer, the doctor may perform a colectomy. This involves making an incision in your abdomen to remove part of the colon or rectum, as well as some nearby colon and tissue. The doctor will also remove some of the lymph nodes near the colon and examine them under a microscope to see whether they contain cancer.
- Anastomosis and Colstomy
The physician may complete the colectomy in one of two ways. The first method is called anastomosis, during which the physician sews the colon back together. The second option is a colostomy or ileostomy, during which a small opening in the abdomen is made to allow waste to empty into a bag. Sometimes a colostomy is only temporary, while in other cases it is permanent.
- Radiofrequency Ablation
This technique involves the use of a special probe with tiny electrodes that kill cancer cells. The probe is inserted directly through the skin or abdomen.
Non-Surgical Treatments for Colorectal Cancer at Grand View Hospital
- Radiation Therapy
Radiation therapy, also called radiation oncology, uses high-energy x-rays to kill cancer cells and stop growth.
Chemotherapy involves drugs that travel throughout the body to destroy cancer cells that survived surgery and may have begun to move to other areas of the body.