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Cancer Diagnosis?

Our nurse navigator, Carrie Waltemath is here to help you through your cancer journey.

Carrie Waltemath, BSN, RN
402-481-9586
carrie.waltemath@bryanhealth.org

bryan cancer support group

Cancer Support Group

Meets the first Thursday of every month

7-8 p.m.
Bryan Medical Center, Bryan West Campus
2300 S. 16th St.
Conference Center C

For more information, call 402-481-9586.  

 

Colorectal Cancer

Advanced diagnosis and treatment for colorectal cancer

Talk to Your Doctor About a Colon Screening

If you’re over 50, you should have regular screenings. With regular screenings can prevent up to 80 percent of colon cancer deaths.

If you don't have a doctor, find one today

Colorectal cancer starts in either the colon or rectum and is highly treatable when discovered early. Even if it spreads to the liver, lungs or other sites surgical treatment followed by chemotherapy is highly successful and can prolong and add to you or your loved one's quality of life.

About Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States, behind only lung and prostate cancers in men and lung and breast cancers in women. Colorectal cancer affects both men and women. Over 132,000 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer this year. In Nebraska alone, 850 people will be told they have colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer affects both men and women equally.

Watch this video of a Colorectal Cancer Screening

Hear from Dr. Griffin and his patient Ruth as the screening takes place.

Why Choose Bryan for Colorectal Cancer Screening or Treatment

Whether you're concerned about your risk for colorectal cancer, or have recently been diagnosed, we encourage you to turn to Bryan for your colon cancer screenings or cancer care. Our board certified doctors, colorectal surgeons, nurses, pharmacists, oncology nurse navigators and others form your treatment team are here to provide diagnosis, treatment and support through your cancer journey.

Risk Factors

Studies link the following with increased risk of colorectal or colon cancer:

  • Above the age of 50. Ninety percent are in people age 50 and over, however, colorectal cancer is increasing in men and women between 20 and 49
  • African Americans have the highest incidence of colorectal cancer of all racial groups
  • A diet high in red meats and processed meats
  • Inactivity or obesity
  • Smoking
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Personal history of colorectal polyps or colorectal cancer or inflammatory bowel disease
  • Family history of colorectal cancer
  • Type 2 diabetes

Diagnosis

The following diagnostic tests identify colorectal cancer and if it’s spread to other areas of the body. This information guides treatment decisions.

Biopsy

Removal of a polyp or tissue from the colon or rectum to determine if cancer cells are present. If cancer is present, the pathologist will examine the cells and identify specific characteristics to help guide treatment options.

A biopsy can be done in one of the following ways:

Sigmoidoscopy

A slender tube is inserted through the rectum into the colon. It provides visual examination of the rectum and lower one-third of the colon. Here is what we have in GI section on this: A flexible sigmoidoscopy helps diagnose colon diseases by using an endoscope to examine the rectum and sigmoid colon. This procedure focuses only on the lower portion of the large intestine.

Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy uses an endoscope, a thin flexible tube with a light and camera, to view your colon (large intestine). Your doctor may remove polyps or obtain biopsies for diagnostic purposes during the procedure.

Rectal MRI

A rectal MRI uses radio waves and strong magnets instead of radiation to take pictures of the rectum to see if cancer has spread to nearby tissue.

Anorectal Ultrasound

A special instrument that uses sound waves is placed into the rectum to look for cancer to see if it has spread to nearby organs or tissues such as lymph nodes.

Computed Axial Tomography (CT or CAT) scan

PET Scan

Treatment and Therapies

Treatment for colorectal cancer depends mainly on the location of the tumor, if the cancer has spread within the colon or to other parts of the body, and the stage of the disease.

Treatment may involve surgery, chemotherapy, targeted therapy or radiation therapy. Some people have a combination of treatments.

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