Surgery is a common treatment option for colon cancer patients, particularly when the patient’s tumor is small enough to be removed surgically.
There are several types of surgery that a physician may recommend for patients with colon cancer. Based on the size, location and stage of the cancer, a patient may undergo a:
- Total colectomy – the removal of the entire colon
- Right hemicolectomy – the removal of the right side of the colon
- Left hemicolectomy – the removal of the left side of the colon
- Transverse colectomy – the removal of the middle section of the colon
- Sigmoid colectomy – the removal of the lower section of the colon
- Polypectomy – the removal of a cancerous polyp through a tube inserted into the rectum
- Local excision – the removal of a small tumor through the anus or rectum
- Lymph node resection – the removal of the lymph nodes surrounding the tumor; the nodes are then examined for signs that the cancer has spread (metastasis)
As with all surgeries, surgery for colon cancer may have side effects. While the extent of these depends on several factors, including the patient’s overall health, the most common side effects are pain and nausea. We offer a comprehensive range of supportive care all under the same roof, making it easier for patients to get the care they need in all aspects of their health.
At Moffitt Cancer Center, our surgeons are highly experienced in treating all types and stages of colon cancer. Our multispecialty tumor board collaboratively discusses each patient’s individual case and decides on the most effective course of treatment. This approach ensures that each patient’s treatment plan is individually tailored, ensuring the best possible outcome and highest quality of life.
To learn more about our approach to surgery for colon cancer, contact Moffitt Cancer Center by calling 1-888-663-3488 or submitting a new patient registration form online. We do not require referrals.