According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 97,220 new cases of colon cancer and 43,030 new cases of rectal cancer will be detected in 2018, representing a more than 4% lifetime risk of these diseases. At Candela and Schreier Medical Corporation in West Hills and Thousand Oaks, California, Dr. Frank Candela and Dr. David Schreier offer thorough diagnostic and treatment services for colorectal cancer. The team is happy to serve those living in Agoura Hills, West Hills, Calabasas, and surrounding San Fernando Valley and Simi Valley area. Consultations can be scheduled online or by phone, and appointments are usually available within 48 hours of contacting the office.
The term colorectal cancer is used to describe cancer of the colon or rectum. The two are grouped because they share many similarities.
Most colorectal cancers begin as growths, called polyps, that develop on the inner lining of your colon or rectum. Not all polyps will develop into cancer, but certain types have a greater likelihood of eventually becoming cancerous.
Colorectal cancer is usually a very slow-growing type of cancer. Over time, cancerous cells can grow into the layers of your colon or rectal walls. The cells can then move on to lymph vessels or blood vessels, at which point the cancer can spread to other areas of your body.
The most common type of colorectal cancer is adenocarcinomas. This group of cancers originates in the cells that manufacture the mucus used to lubricate the lower portion of your digestive tract. Adenocarcinomas account for nearly 96% of all colorectal cancers.
Additional cancers that affect your colon and rectum include:
A thorough diagnostic process is used to identify which type of cancer is present and how advanced the disease has become.
One of the most powerful diagnostic tools is a procedure called a colonoscopy. While you’re sedated, your doctor uses a colonoscope, a thin, flexible tube equipped with a light and a camera, to view the interior of your colon. Polyps may be visually detected, and a biopsy can be taken during the procedure and screened for signs of cancer.
Candela and Schreier Medical Corporation uses the da VinciⓇ surgical platform to remove part or all of your colon. Your surgical plan depends on where cancerous cells are found and how far they’ve spread.
The da Vinci technology enables Dr. Candela and Dr. Schreier to gain a high definition, 3D view inside your colon. This robotic-assisted system is controlled by your surgeon at all times, but uses technology to facilitate better vision, control, and precise movements than available through traditional surgery.
Minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery delivers impressive outcomes with a lower risk of complications and a faster recovery time.
If you’re in need of diagnostic or treatment services for colorectal cancer, schedule a consultation with Candela and Schreier Medical Corporation at your earliest convenience.