Sentara CarePlex Hospital Colorectal Services
Patients with colon or rectal cancer
will find all of the latest treatments and technological advances at Sentara CarePlex Hospital. They also tap into Sentara's wide and comprehensive network of cancer care
that spans multiple state-of-the-art treatment centers, specialty groups and research studies across Hampton Roads.
Each patient's treatment plan is shaped by a team of expert doctors, nurses and support staff that includes one of the region's few fellowship-trained colorectal surgeons. All focus on a personalized, thorough approach to care, beginning with a case conference before treatment begins that draws together experts from many disciplines. The hospital has high patient satisfaction ratings and prides itself on aggressively fighting cancer, gently easing pain and side effects and answering any questions a patient or family may have.
Sentara offers state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and tests to detect cancerous growths in their early stages and increase the chances of a full recovery. In some cases, minimally-invasive laparoscopic surgery can spare cancer patients a significant amount of pain and recovery time while lowering side effects that interfere with quality of life. Sentara CarePlex Hospital recently became the first and only facility in the Tidewater area to introduce transanal endoscopic microsurgery, a cutting-edge, minimally-invasive technique to remove certain tumors from the anus without an abdominal incision.
Sentara's doctors aggressively target tumors with specialized techniques that can give hope even to patients whose cancer has spread. For patients whose colorectal cancer has spread to their liver, one option is hepatic infusion chemotherapy. The treatment uses a catheter and pump to deliver chemotherapy directly to an artery into the liver, in some cases delaying tumor growth and improving survival rates while significantly reducing side effects compared to traditional chemotherapy.
After any type of colorectal surgery, an advanced pain pump helps patients recover as quickly and with as little discomfort as possible.
All colorectal cancer patients have access to a Patient Navigator, a nurse specifically trained to answer questions and help coordinate care and resources during what can be a complex medical journey. They also can call the hospital's Colorectal Program Coordinator at any time with questions and problems as they go through diagnostic tests, surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and physical therapy or other treatments and their digestive system heals.
Sentara CarePlex Hospital hosts the Peninsula's only monthly support group for colorectal cancer patients and is committed to education for individual patients and community groups. Each year, its team reaches hundreds of Hampton Roads residents with important messages on how to cut the risk of cancer, improve the chances of early diagnosis and take advantage of the latest treatments and community resources.