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Colon cancer is a disease that affects many people, and there are a number of ways in which treatment is administered for this type of cancer. One of the most common treatments for colon cancer is surgery, particularly if the cancer is still in its very early stages. In this case, the colon surgery may be performed in order to remove the tumor, which may require part or the colon along with the lymph nodes to be removed. The latter is because the cancer will usually spread to the lymph nodes first, which is why they may be removed as part of the colon surgery.
The decision with regards to surgery and the type of surgery required will be based on a number of factors such as what stage the cancer is at, whereabouts it is located, and whether it has spread to other parts of the body. In addition, the surgeon will also need to take your age and general health into consideration when making a decision with regards to colon surgery. This procedure is performs by a specialist surgeon with expertise in bowel cancer and colon surgical procedures.
The process through which the surgery is performed will depend on a range of factors. When your doctor carries out tests to make a firm diagnoses, he or she will be far better placed to make a decision with regard to your treatment. In some cases, the procedure is carried out as open surgery, which means that you will have to prepare yourself for a lengthy recovery period following the procedure. However, in other cases it may be performed as keyhole surgery, which is less invasive and traumatic. It also means that you do not have to cope with such as long recovery period.
Additional surgery may also have to be carried out if the cancer has spread to other areas such as the liver or lungs. In these cases, chemotherapy is generally the treatment that is used to try and shrink and control the cancer. However, there may be cases where the surgeon decides upon surgery such as a liver or lung resection based on where the cancer has spread to. Again, this is something that the surgeon will decide upon and discuss with you following diagnosis and assessment.
If you need advice about colon surgery and what is involved, you can get in touch with us and speak with one of the best general surgeons in New York City. Call us today and we will be happy to arrange an initial consultation