Knowing the geography of the intestinal tract can help patients understand this disease. The colon is also known as the large intestine and surrounds the small intestine, which is in the middle of the abdomen. The right side of the colon is called the proximal colon, the left side is the distal colon, and the last four to five inches of the tract is called the rectum. Cancer that appears anywhere in either the colon or rectum is considered “colorectal cancer.” Typically, an abnormal growth within the intestinal wall called a polyp becomes cancerous and develops into a tumor with the potential of growing outside of the colon wall. Although not all polyps are cancerous, your doctor may recommend proactively removing one or more. Colon cancer can also form due to a genetic mutation passed on within a patient’s family, such as Lynch Syndrome, but these cases are rare. When one is diagnosed with colon cancer, the stage of cancer is determined by how much the tumor has grown or spread to nearby lymph nodes. The stage and type of colon cancer determines the treatment strategy, which may involve one or more options, such as surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, immunotherapy or targeted therapy.
The integrative clinical team at Salish Cancer Center offers an optimal model of care for patients with colorectal cancer at any stage. Patients will meet with their medical oncologist to learn their stage of disease and treatment options, as well as a naturopathic doctor who will offer therapeutic diet and supplement recommendations to support the treatment plan and ideally slow the spread of or cure disease. Supportive treatments, such as acupuncture, may also be recommended to support strength and healing during treatment. You can expect that each time you visit our center our practitioners will have met as a team that morning to discuss your case, ensuring we are all in alignment with your care throughout the time you are a patient here.
Most insurance plans are accepted, and our financial counselor is available to discuss pricing and fees before your first visit. All pertinent records must be received by our clinic before your appointments are scheduled so that we may give you our most well informed recommendations.
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