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 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.
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:
Colon cancer that spreads to other parts of your body has “metastasized.”
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:
Abdominal exposure to radiation can also increase your risk of colorectal cancers.
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:
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.