Colon Cancer – Risks, Screening Tests, and Treatments
Colon cancer begins in the large intestine, in the final part of the digestive tract. Starting as small, benign polyps on the inside of the colon, this disease most commonly affects older adults. Over time, the polyps can develop into cancerous tumors, often without any symptoms. Regular screening tests, such as a fecal occult blood test and colonoscopy, can prevent colon cancer by detecting polyps and having them removed while they are still non-cancerous.
Many treatments can help control colon cancer, including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, targeted therapy, and immunotherapy. When the cancer spreads to the abdominal lining, CRS + HIPEC (Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy), a revolutionary treatment that delivers heated, intense doses of chemotherapy directly into the abdomen, may be used.