Colorectal Cancer: Surgical Intervention

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Surgical intervention is most often the first line of treatment upon a colorectal cancer diagnosis.  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, and usually need less narcotic pain medications.

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.  In this case, adjunct therapies, such as chemotherapy and/or radiation, are often needed to treat the condition.

“By combining surgical intervention and the advanced chemotherapy and radiation treatments, we are seeing significantly prolonged survivorship in late stage colorectal cancer patients,” states Dr. Faera Byerly, surgical oncologist at Cone Health Cancer Center.

The Center’s team of general surgeons, surgical, medical and radiation oncologists and other related healthcare providers meet each week in a multidisciplinary conference to discuss each colorectal cancer case, and develop individualized treatment plans for each patient.

Spokesperson Background:

Dr. Faera Byerly is a surgical oncologist at Cone Health Cancer Center and Central Carolina Surgery.  Dr. Byerly is a 2001 graduate of University of North Carolina School of Medicine and completed her residency in general surgery at UNC Health Care.  She completed a fellowship in burn research at NC Jaycee Burn Center and fellowships in surgical critical care and surgical oncology at UNC Health Care.