About Colo-Rectal Cancer

The Mayo Clinic offers us this insight on colon/rectal cancer:

Colon cancer is cancer of the large intestine (colon), the lower part of your digestive system. Rectal cancer is cancer of the last several inches of the colon. Together, they’re often referred to as colorectal cancers.

Most cases of colon cancer begin as small, noncancerous (benign) clumps of cells called adenomatous polyps. Over time some of these polyps become colon cancers.

Polyps may be small and produce few, if any, symptoms. For this reason, doctors recommend regular screening tests to help prevent colon cancer by identifying polyps before they become colon cancer.

Once a rectal cancer tumor is determined to be a certain size, the treatment protocol is for the patient to go on a chemo/radiation regimen for approximately 5-6 weeks followed by 3-4 weeks of rest and recovery.  After the body has regained its strength, the next step is to go in and surgically remove the infected area.  There are specialized surgeons who can perform this procedure laparoscopically (with minimally invasive techniques).  After learning this, I had to know more – what did this surgery all entail? Thanks to YouTube, I stumbled upon an animated demonstration of the exact procedure I would be undergoing.  The following clip is rated PG and is even suitable for those with a low gag-ratio!

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2 Responses to “About Colo-Rectal Cancer”

  1. Deby Cassill July 9, 2010 at 7:55 am #

    Hey Em!

    Great site. You are a gifted writer and humorist!!! Who knew. You’ll beat this for sure. I’m thrilled to be a part of your challenge through your blog. You and Nick rock!!!

    Much love always.
    Auntie Deby

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