Colon and rectal cancer care in San Antonio
At Methodist Healthcare, our multidisciplinary team of gastroenterologists, medical oncologists, colorectal surgeons and other medical professionals take a diverse approach to colon and rectal (colorectal) cancer treatment.
Our medical team understands the special needs of our patients and their families, providing the highest level of care and comfort as you navigate your diagnosis.
For more information about our colorectal cancer services, please call askSARAH at (210) 507-0941.
Types of colorectal cancer
There are two types of colorectal cancer: colon cancer and rectal cancer. Colon cancer is found in the large intestine and the lower part of the digestive system. Rectal cancer is found in the last several inches of the colon.
Most colon cancers start as benign clumps of cells found in the colon called adenomatous polyps. Over time, some of these polyps can become colon cancer. The vast majority of polyps are small and rarely produce any symptoms. Doctors recommend regular screenings, including colonoscopies, to help prevent colon cancer by identifying polyps before they become cancerous.
There are very few warning signs of colon cancer during the early stages of the disease. As the cancer spreads, symptoms are more likely to appear and will vary depending on the size and location of the cancerous cells.
Colorectal cancer symptoms
Some of the symptoms associated with colorectal cancer include:
- Unexplained weight loss
- Bloody stool
- Inconsistency in bowel habits, including diarrhea or constipation
- Abdominal discomfort that lasts for more than a few days
Colorectal cancer treatment
If you’ve been diagnosed with colorectal cancer, your cancer care team will discuss your treatment options with you. Your treatment depends on what stage your cancer is currently in and can consist of one or more of the following:
- Radiation therapy
About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute
Methodist Healthcare is part of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare. Our family of hospitals provides comprehensive cancer services with convenient access to cutting-edge therapies for people facing cancer in our communities. From diagnosis, to treatment and survivorship care, our oncology expertise ensures you have access to locally-trusted care with the support of a globally-recognized network.
Have cancer questions? We can help. askSARAH is a dedicated helpline for your cancer-related questions. Our specially-trained nurses are available 24/7 and all calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (210) 507-0941 or chat online at askSARAHnow.com.