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Colon Cancer Symptoms & Treatment

There usually aren’t any symptoms associated with the early stages of colon cancer. That’s why it’s even more important to be mindful of symptoms of colorectal cancer and to speak with your doctor if you have concerns.

Colorectal Cancer Symptoms

Common symptoms include:

  • Weight loss without diet or exercise changes
  • Chronic fatigue
  • A change in bathroom habits
  • Stool that may be narrower than normal
  • Blood in the stool. It can appear bright red, black or tar-like
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • A feeling that the bowel does not empty completely
  • Abdominal discomfort such as gas pain, bloating, fullness, cramping

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Colon Cancer Stages

If you are diagnosed with colon cancer, your doctor will identify your current cancer stage. Cancer stages are a way of describing how much cancer is in the body. The stage can be one of the most important factors for doctors when recommending a treatment method.

0 This is an extremely early stage. The stage is also called carcinoma in situ. Abnormal cells are found only on the surface layer of the colon wall
1 This is an early stage. Cancerous cells have been found in the muscular layer of the colon wall
2 Cancer has spread through the muscle layer of the colon wall to the outermost layer of the colon wall
3 Cancer has spread to nearby lymph nodes
4 This is an advanced stage. Cancer has spread beyond the colon to other parts of the body, most often the liver and lungs

Colon Cancer Treatment

Surgery is the most common type of treatment for colorectal cancer for stages zero through three. It may also be an option for stage four if the tumor is blocking the bowel. Types of surgery may include:

  • Polypectomy – Is usually used for stage zero and early stage one. The tumor is removed as a part of the polyp during a colonoscopy
  • Local excision – Removes cancer on the surface of the colon wall along with a small amount of nearby tissue. It can be done during a colonoscopy and is used for stage zero and early stage one colon cancer
  • Partial colectomy – Removes the part of the colon that is infected. Can be performed with one long incision or several smaller incisions and a thin lighted tube with a camera
  • Total colectomy – Removes the entire colon

Other types of treatments common for colorectal cancer patients include:

  • Radiofrequency ablation – Typically used when the cancer has spread to other organs. It uses high-energy radio waves to kill tumors
  • Cryosurgery – Uses extreme cold to destroy infected tissue
  • Radiation therapy – High-energy rays to destroy cancer cells
  • Chemotherapy – Injectable drugs used to destroy cancer
  • Targeted therapy – Chemotherapy drugs that are specifically formulated to target specific cell changes
  • Clinical trials – Provides patients with access to new therapies that are currently under investigation

Learn about how clinical trials can help you or your loved one:

The Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at HCA Midwest Health is known through the Kansas City area for comprehensive and cutting-edge cancer treatments close to home. A dedicated cross-disciplinary team of physicians and clinicians work together to ensure every patient has a care plan built specifically for them with the quickest time to treatment possible. Patients are also offered a dedicated nurse navigator, who specialize in gastrointestinal cancers, to walk them and their family through their cancer journey from discovery to recovery.

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