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Colon Cancer Treatment in Tacoma, WA

Patients who are fortunate enough to have their colon cancer diagnosed early on are often excellent candidates for a surgical procedure to remove the cancerous tissue. These various types of surgery will depend primarily upon where the cancer is located, how widespread it is, and what the ultimate goal of the surgery is.

When is a Polypectomy Used?

If an individual possesses cancerous colon polyps, then these can often be removed during a polypectomy. Colon polyps are small growths of tissue that extend from the inner wall of the colon. While most colon polyps are harmless, some can certainly develop into colon cancer.

To remove a colon polyp, Northwest Medical Specialties, PLLC will pass a wire loop through the colonoscope (an endoscopic tool used to examine the inner colon). Once the wire is in place around the base of the polyp, an electrical current is passed through the wire to sever the polyp from the wall of the colon.

What is a Local Excision?

A similar procedure called a local excision can also be used to remove cancers growing inside of the colon. The main difference between a polypectomy and a local excision is that a local excision also aims to remove part of the colon tissue. Obviously, this is only necessary if the cancer has begun to affect the lining of the colon.

Despite being a more complex procedure, a local excision is still able to be performed without making any incisions in the patient’s abdomen. This minimally invasive technique allows the patient to recover much more quickly, and also lowers their risk of potential complications such as bleeding or infection.

Various Types of Colectomies

If a substantial part of the colon, or the entire colon needs to be removed, then it is known as a colectomy. Instances in which only a portion of the colon is removed is referred to as a partial colectomy, or a segmental resection. Those that require all of the colon to be extracted will need to undergo a total colectomy.

Most cases of colon cancer will involve a partial colectomy since a total colectomy is more commonly used to treat more chronic conditions like ulcerative colitis or familial adenomatous polyposis. After the necessary tissue has been removed, your surgeon will attach the remaining ends of the colon to one another before completing the surgery.

Whenever a colectomy is performed it is also customary to resect nearby lymph nodes as well in order to test them for any signs of cancer that may have spread outward to other areas of the body.

How Do We Treat a Blocked Colon?

It is also possible for cancerous tissue to form a blockage inside the colon. This is especially dangerous for any patient as it will cause their health to deteriorate very quickly if not addressed as soon as possible.

If the person continues to have their health compromised by a blocked colon then they are highly unlikely to survive any sort of other surgical treatments for their colon cancer. For this reason, any sort of blockage will need to be treated before continuing with any additional colon surgeries.

Additional Information About Colon Cancer

To learn more about surgeries performed at Northwest Medical Specialties, PLLC to treat colon cancer or other conditions of the colon, please contact our office by filling out this form.

Alternatively, you can see which of our clinics is closest to you.

 

HEALTH ALERT! For the safety of our patients and staff only patients will be allowed into our clinics and everyone MUST wear a mask. See additional information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

COVID-19 NOTICE

Important COVID 19  Information for patients of Northwest Medical Specialties

November 16, 2020 Update

IMPORTANT: NO VISITORS
During these difficult times we are making every effort to keep our patients and staff safe from COVID 19, we appreciate your patience and understanding with the changes you may have seen within our practice.

We strive to protect our patients and staff as much as we possibly can from any exposure on our premises.  NWMS has implemented a system wide policy that does not allow anyone in the building that is not a patient and everyone must wear an NWMS provided mask over their mouth and nose during their time on our premises.  This is to protect our vulnerable patients from the unforeseen possibility of exposure to COVID 19 which can be transmitted through aerosol droplets.  Sadly, we have had patients that have died from the complications of COVID 19, which is both devastating and preventable.

We offer a virtual visit option for family, friends, and companions to participate in the care of our patients through Zoom.  Our staff will assist you with every step of the login process and invite you to participate in real time from your vehicle or designated safe space in our building. Please contact us at 253-428-8700 to set this up.

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If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, please make sure to contact us via phone prior to your appointment. You may also contact us for any additional questions by calling our office at (253) 428-8700.

Here are a few additional resources as well:

World Health Organization

Centers for Disease Control