Colon Cancer Specialist

Cancer and Blood Care Specialists

Hematologists & Oncologists located in Santa Ana, CA

Colon cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in American men and women. At Cancer and Blood Care Specialists in Santa Ana, California, the team guides you through your colon cancer treatment options and offers infusions in a comfortable and relaxed environment. For personalized colon cancer treatment, call Cancer and Blood Care Specialists or schedule an appointment online today.

Colon Cancer Q & A

What is colon cancer?

Colon cancer starts in your colon when cells begin growing out of control. This type of cancer typically originates inside the inner lining of your colon or rectum as a tiny growth called a polyp. Not all polyps are cancerous, but over time, they can turn into cancers.

Colon cancer and rectal cancer are sometimes referred to as colorectal cancer because of their proximity.

What are the symptoms of colon cancer?

Early stages of colon cancer are often symptomless, so regular screenings are recommended to identify and prevent issues before they become serious.

As colon cancer progresses, you might experience a variety of symptoms, including:

  • Bloody stools
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Fatigue or weakness
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Changes in bowel habits
  • Persistent gas, pain, or abdominal cramping

Colon cancer that spreads to other parts of your body has “metastasized.”

What causes colon cancer?

The cause of colon cancer isn’t completely clear. Specific forms of colon cancer can be inherited, but carrying these genes doesn’t guarantee a cancer diagnosis.

Following a diet that’s high in fat and low in fiber is also associated with colon cancer, but is also not a guarantee that you’ll develop the disease.

Additional factors that can increase your risk of developing colon cancer include:

  • Being over 50
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Being African-American
  • Smoking or abusing alcohol
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Having a history of polyps or colorectal issues
  • Certain colon conditions like ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease
  • Family history of colon cancer or genetic syndromes associated with the colon

Abdominal exposure to radiation can also increase your risk of colorectal cancers.

How is colon cancer treated?

Your treatment at Cancer and Blood Care Specialists depends on the stage of your colon cancer. Colon cancer treatment typically involves three different treatment options, including:

  • Surgery: from minimally invasive colonoscopies to extensive surgical procedures
  • Chemotherapy: anti-cancer drugs in your bloodstream destroy cancer cells
  • Radiation therapy: targeted energy to shrink tumors and kill cancer cells

While developing your colon cancer treatment strategy, your doctor might also recommend targeted drug therapy or immunotherapy.

Targeted drug therapies are used to address specific gene and protein changes in the cells that cause colorectal cancer. Immunotherapy supports your immune system as it fights cancer cells.

You can expect the latest colorectal cancer therapies at Cancer and Blood Care Specialists in a convenient and comfortable setting.

Call Cancer and Blood Care Specialists or schedule an appointment online.