The specific colon cancer treatment plan an oncologist will recommend for a patient greatly depends on the unique details of his or her case, including the stage of the cancer, size and location of the tumor and the overall health of the patient. When a patient from St. Petersburg, Florida, seeks treatment at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, a multispecialty team of experts will review the specifics of his or her case to develop an individualized treatment plan. Moffitt patients also have access to a variety of supportive care services all in a single location to help them cope with the challenges of undergoing colon cancer treatment. Our unique, individualized approach allows us to maximize each patient’s chance at a favorable outcome and an improved quality of life.
Surgery is the primary form of colon cancer treatment. In its early stages, colon cancer may be successfully treated with minimally invasive procedures, though cancer that has progressed may require more extensive surgery. Additionally, when the entirety of a patient’s cancer cannot be removed surgically, such as when it has metastasized (spread beyond its point or origin), an oncologist may recommend additional forms of treatment, including:
- Radiation therapy – High-energy rays are administered to destroy cancer cells.
- Chemotherapy – Powerful medications, taken orally or intravenously, destroy cancer cells. This form of treatment is usually delivered in multisession cycles and is commonly recommended when the patient’s cancer has spread to the lymph nodes or other areas of the body.
- Targeted therapy – Non-chemotherapeutic drugs are taken to hinder the growth of polyps.
- Proton therapy –Particles called protons are used to shrink and destroy tumors.
Additionally, St. Petersburg, FL, patients receiving colon cancer treatment through Moffitt’s Gastrointestinal Oncology Program may have the opportunity to participate in one of our clinical trials, giving them access to advanced treatments before they are made widely available. As a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, we remain committed to our research and clinical trials program as a way of providing our patients with the highest standard of care.
To learn more about the colon cancer treatment options available for St. Petersburg, FL, patients at Moffitt Cancer Center, call 1-888-663-3488 or fill out a new patient registration form online. You do not need a referral to consult with our physicians.