A screening colonoscopy is usually recommended for most people at age 50. For some, the procedure is done sooner because of certain risk factors or symptoms. If a tumor or growth is identified, and cannot be removed by the gastroenterologist, then surgery is required.
Depending on the type of tumor, and its location, a portion or segment of colon is removed, often with minimally invasive technique (laparoscopically). Lymph nodes are also removed during the operation, and appropriate staging information is obtained. Generally, the colon is then reconnected. This usually requires several days in the hospital. After surgery, additional treatment may be needed such as chemotherapy or radiation. These recommendations are made in consultation with a medical oncologist and radiation oncologist.
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