Colon Cancer Treatment in Downers Grove

It is estimated by the American Cancer Society that there will be 95,270 new cases of colon cancer in the United States of America. Men have about a 1 in 21 chance of developing colorectal cancer, and women have about a 1 in 23 chance of developing colorectal cancer.

Stages of Colorectal Cancer

Stage 0 Colorectal Cancer

Stage 0 Colorectal Cancer is usually a polyp or a small tumor that is attached to the inside lining of the colon. Generally, most instances of stage 0 colorectal cancer can be cured by simply excising the tumor and surrounding tissue via surgery.

Stage I Colorectal Cancer

Stage I Colorectal Cancer is when the tumor is somewhere in the secondary and tertiary layers of the colon tissue. Again, like stage 0, usually stage 1 can be cured by surgery. There are also other additional treatments, but they are seldom needed.

Stage II Colorectal Cancer

Stage II Colorectal Cancer is when the cancerous tumors penetrate the colon wall. Like Stages 0 and I, surgery is used to treat the cancer, and can often be coupled with chemotherapy.

Stage III Colorectal Cancer

Once Colorectal Cancer has spread to the lymph nodes in the body, it is considered Stage III Colorectal Cancer. Multiple tumors may be found in the colon wall.

Stage III Colorectal Cancer is sub-categorized one of three ways:

  • Stage IIIA
    • Tumors present in colon wall, lymph system.
  • Stage IIIB
    • Tumors present in colon wall, tumors present in less than four lymph nodes.
  • Stage IIIC
    • Tumors present in colon wall, tumors present in more than four lymph nodes.

Stage IV Colorectal Cancer

Stage IV Colorectal Cancer has metastasized to other parts of the body. Chances of recovering from Stage IV Colorectal Cancer is very low. Treatment of Stage IV Colorectal Cancer involves, surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and more.

Colon & Rectal Cancer Survival Rates

Approximately 48.4% of people who develop colorectal cancer will survive. However, your chances of survival are increased exponentially when diagnosed earlier. According to the American Cancer Society, the survival rates are around the following:

Colorectal Survival Rates 2016 American Cancer Society

*5-Year Survival - Percentage of people alive 5 years after their initial diagnosis. Many people live longer than 5 years after diagnosis, it is just a standard of measuring cancer survival rates.

Diagnosing Colorectal Cancer

Diagnosing colorectal cancer can be done in many ways.

  • Colonoscopy
  • Sigmoidoscopy
  • Blood Testing

Screening For Colorectal Cancer in Downers Grove, IL

Both women and men should start getting regular colonoscopies starting around age 50 or earlier, depending on family history of cancer.

If you want to get screening for colorectal cancer, call (630) 434-9312 and make an appointment today.


Colon Cancer Resources & Information Sources

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/colonandrectumcancer/detailedguide/colorectal-cancer-key-statistics

http://www.cancer.gov/types/colorectal/screening-fact-sheet

http://www.webmd.com/colorectal-cancer/guide/treatment-stage