Surgical intervention is most often the first line of treatment upon a colorectal cancer diagnosis, and can be curative if the cancer is caught at an early stage.
Surgical intervention of colorectal cancer is not only used to remove the malignant mass, but to also remove surrounding lymph nodes to stage the tumor.
Laparoscopic procedures are most often used to remove the cancerous tumors found in the colon.
The main benefits of laparoscopic surgery include less pain, faster recovery and improved cosmetic outcomes.
Laparoscopic surgery patients also often have shorter hospital stays, usually need less narcotic pain medications and have lowered risk factors of complications from surgery.
In later stages of colorectal cancer, malignancies have often spread to other parts of the body; most often to the lymph nodes and the liver.
By combining surgical intervention and advanced chemotherapy and radiation treatments to treat these cases, survivorship rates in late stage colorectal cancer patients are being significantly improved.
At Cone Health Cancer Center, a multidisciplinary team of surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists and other related medical providers meet each week to discuss and develop the best treatment plan for each individual patient with colorectal cancer.
Dr. Alicia Thomas is a surgeon at Central Carolina Surgery and a member of the Cone Health medical staff.
Dr. Thomas is a 2006 graduate of The University of North Carolina School of Medicine.
She completed her general surgery residency at The Ohio State University Department of General Surgery and completed a fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at Grant Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio.
Colorectal Cancer Seminar and Screening
When: Monday, March 3 from 6-7:30 p.m.
Where: Cone Health Cancer Center – Second Floor Auditorium
Class is free, but must register.
To register, call 832-8000 or visit www.conehealth.com/classes