Colon Cancer Surgery

Surgery is often recommended to treat colon cancer. In some cases, it’s possible to remove an entire tumor — especially when the cancer is detected early. But, even if a tumor has started to spread, the outcome of treatment can still be positive.

Types of colon cancer surgery

To determine the best approach to surgery, oncologists typically consider the size and location of a patient’s tumor, as well as the patient’s overall health. Sometimes, it’s possible to remove a small polyp and nothing else. In other cases, it’s necessary to take out part or all of the colon as well as several nearby lymph nodes.

At Moffitt Cancer Center, we offer patients the latest advances in surgical treatment, including:

  • Laparoscopic surgery, in which surgeons use a thin, lighted tube and miniaturized instruments to remove a tumor
  • Robotic surgery, in which surgeons use the da Vinci® Surgical System to complete a colorectal resection or colectomy
  • Transanal local excisions, in which surgeons access the colon through the rectum and remove a tumor without cutting through the abdominal wall 

For every operation we perform, we take into account not only the potential outcome, but also the impact that it could have on a patient’s quality of life. Our advanced techniques help lower the risk of complications as well as the amount of time needed to recover from colon cancer surgery. Colectomies performed with the da Vinci Surgical System, for instance, typically involve less blood loss and scarring and a quicker return of bowel function than those performed using a traditional approach.

Colon cancer outcomes

As a result of newer and more effective treatments, colon cancer outcomes are steadily improving. At Moffitt Cancer Center, our outcomes routinely exceed the national averages. This is due in part to our advanced approaches and technologies, as well as our highly experienced team. Moffitt’s surgeons all specialize in performing a specific type of surgery, which means that patients with colon cancer are treated by oncologists who truly understand their diagnosis. And, we’re committed to providing comprehensive and well-rounded treatment plans, combining surgery with radiation therapy, immunotherapy, chemotherapy and supportive care services whenever appropriate.

If you’d like to learn more about colon cancer surgery at Moffitt, you can request an appointment with or without a physician’s referral. To get started, call 1-888-663-3488 or submit a new patient registration form online.


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