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Colorectal Cancer Surgery in Tacoma, WA

Colorectal cancer includes both cancers of the colon and of the rectum. Most colorectal cancers begin as polyps, which are abnormal growths of tissue cells. Normally these polyps are benign, but over time they can develop into cancer. Colorectal cancer is actually the third most common type of cancer in men and women.

Risk Factors of Colorectal Cancer

The exact cause of colorectal cancer is unknown, but there are a few risk factors that increase your chances:

  • Increased Age
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Family history

Surgical Treatment for Colorectal Cancer

Surgery is the main treatment for colorectal cancer. Depending on how the cancer has spread, different surgeries are used. Either way, surgery to cure both colon and rectal cancer usually involve the same procedures, but can sometimes vary.

Polypectomy – This is a very common type of procedure done in the early stages of the cancer. Cancerous polyps of the colon or rectum can be detected and even removed during a colonoscopy.

Local Excision – This procedure usually treats cancer of the rectum. Depending on the case, it can be done through the anus or an incision in the rectum. This is done when part of the tissue wall has developed cancer, so your surgeon will remove the cancer and some surrounding tissue from the rectum.

Colon Resection (Colectomy) – This is commonly done in more later stages of cancer or when cancer develops directly on the tissue wall of the colon. A colon resection involves removing a part of sometimes all of the colon and attached tissues to the cancer.

Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic Surgery – Through a few incisions, your surgeon will be able to look inside of your abdominal cavity with small scopes. Small instruments are used to remove cancerous tissue through these small incisions and leave minimal scarring and recovery time.

In some severe cases, tissue from surrounding organs are affected. After the surgery to treat the cancer, some additional surgery may be needed to repair lost tissue or make up for lack thereof. For specific procedure plans, have a consultation with your surgeon to see what is necessary for your case.

If have have questions or wish to schedule a consultation with Northwest Medical Specialties, call one of our five convenient locations today.

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.

The following offices are temporarily closed:

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