Surgical Procedures: Surgery and Staging for Colon Cancer
This article provides information about surgical procedures used in the diagnosis and treatment of colon cancer.
Surgical Procedures: Colectomy
A colectomy, also referred to as a large bowel resection, is a surgical procedure that is done to remove your colon; a colectomy may remove all or part of the colon.
Surgical Procedures: Colostomy
A colostomy is a surgical procedure that is done to connect the colon to the surface of the abdomen, allowing stool to pass into a collection bag.
Surgical Procedures: Ileostomy
An ileostomy is a surgical procedure that is done to bring the end of the small intestine, or ileum, to the surface of the abdomen to allow for stool to pass into an external collection device.
Living with a Bowel Ostomy
An ostomy is a connection between the bowel and the abdominal wall that re-routes the stool to pass through a stoma. When the connection is to the colon, it is called a colostomy. When the connection is to the small bowel, it is called either an ileostomy or a jejunostomy.
Understanding Your Pathology Report: Colon Cancer
Your pathology report provides important information about your tumor and is something you should keep in your personal files. This article provides an overview of a colon cancer pathology report.
Tumor Markers for Colorectal Cancer
This article provides an overview of tumor markers that may be used in the diagnosis and treatment of colon cancers, including CEA.
Stage II Colon Cancer: To Treat or Not to Treat?
You would think that deciding whether to have chemotherapy after surgery (adjuvant therapy) in stage II colon cancer would be an easy decision, but in fact, studies have not found a clear answer to this question.