Clearwater, Florida, residents undergoing colon cancer treatment at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa benefit from the extensive experience of the specialists in our Gastrointestinal Oncology Program. Made up of medical oncologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists, pathologists and other experts, this multispecialty team carefully reviews each new patient’s case to develop a highly individualized treatment plan that will be most effective in treating the patient’s specific type of cancer.
While the details of a patient’s colon cancer treatment plan greatly depends on the characteristics of his or her individual cancer, most treatment plans involve one or more of the following:
- Radiation therapy – High-energy rays are administered to the patient’s tumor to reduce its size, usually before an operation. Radiation therapy may also be used after surgery to destroy any cancer cells that could not be removed during surgery.
- Chemotherapy – Powerful medications are administered to destroy cancer cells. This type of treatment is commonly used when the patient’s cancer has metastasized, or spread, beyond its point of origin.
- Surgery – A tumor is surgically removed from the patient’s colon. There are a variety of surgeries that can be performed based on the size, location and stage of the patient’s cancer.
Because we aim to provide our patients with a better quality of life, Clearwater, FL, patients who undergo colon cancer treatment at Moffitt have a wide range of supportive care services available to help them cope with the challenges of living with colon cancer. And, because we are a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Moffitt patients may also have the opportunity to benefit from innovative new treatments that are not yet available elsewhere, thanks to our robust clinical trials program.
For more information on how Clearwater, FL, patients can achieve the best possible outcome and a better quality of life from receiving colon cancer treatment at Moffitt Cancer Center, contact us by calling 1-888-663-3488 or by submitting a new patient registration form online. Referrals are not required.