If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with colorectal cancer, you can have confidence in the care provided through the Sentara Cancer Network. Our multi-disciplinary team approach brings together the right team of experts with the right technology to design a care plan that is personalized to your needs.
Every step of the way, you can rely on experienced professionals, including fellowship trained colorectal surgeons and surgical oncologists throughout the Sentara Cancer Network, to guide you through what comes next. Your team will offer resources, advice and will be there to answer any questions you may have. As you battle cancer, you won’t be alone in your fight.
There are a wide variety of treatment options available for treating colorectal cancer depending on the nature and location of the tumor and the stage of the disease.
Common treatments include:
For some types of cancer, the most effective treatment is surgically removing the tumor. At Sentara, your care team may recommended minimally invasive colon surgery, including Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery (TEMS) that allows surgeons to remove select rectal tumors that would traditionally require more involved and invasive surgery. Another treatment you may receive is the Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC) Treatment, which attacks abdominal cancers that may remain even after surgery.
Chemotherapy is designed to kill cancer cells and can be administered through a vein, injected into a body cavity, or delivered orally in the form of a pill. The method of delivery depends on which drug is used. Some people with colorectal cancer that has spread receive a monoclonal antibody, a type of biological therapy.
Radiation therapy is used to treat cancer, as well as offer relief from some of the symptoms of cancer. It may be used alone or in combination with surgery or chemotherapy. SIR-Spheres®: Selective Internal Radiation Sphere Therapy and TheraSphere® are two therapies often used for colon cancer treatment.
Whenever possible, Sentara Cancer Network physicians offer patients the opportunity to participate in a clinical trial. Clinical trials offer patients many benefits. In addition to contributing to medical research, clinical trial participants gain access to new research treatments before they are widely available.
Palliative therapy is care given to improve the quality of life for patients who have a serious or life-threatening disease. The goal of palliative care is to prevent or treat symptoms of disease, side effects caused by treatment, and psychological, social and spiritual problems related to a disease or its treatment. The multidisciplinary treatment team that provides palliative care includes medical doctors, nurse practitioners and licensed clinical social workers.
In addition to ensuring our patients are seamlessly transitioned back to their primary care team for ongoing care, regular checkups, which may include physical exams, blood tests and CT scans, are provided after lung cancer treatment.
Check-ups help ensure that any health changes are monitored and treated, if necessary. Patients stay in close communication with their doctors if they experience any problems between check-ups.