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Colorectal cancer

When polyps in the lower digestive tract (the colon and rectum) become cancerous. this is called colorectal cancer. It is often treated with chemotherapy, radiation or surgery. Colonoscopy screenings identify potential polyps and help you get treated sooner and more effectively.

Colon and rectal cancer care in Nashville, Tennessee, and Bowling Green, Kentucky

We provide supportive colorectal cancer treatments for you and your loved ones.

Whether you're dealing with a recent diagnosis, Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at TriStar Health physicians are here to answer your questions and help you get healthy.

Have cancer questions?

We can help. askSARAH is a dedicated, confidential helpline for your cancer-related questions. Our specially trained nurses are available 24/7.

We can help. askSARAH is a dedicated, confidential helpline for your cancer-related questions. Our specially trained nurses are available 24/7.

Symptoms of colorectal cancer

While in many cases, there are no obvious symptoms with colon cancer, there are some that can be warning signs and should be discussed with your physician. These include:

  • Any major change in bowel habits
  • Constant feeling of fatigue or tiredness
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Feeling bowels do not empty completely
  • Frequent gas pain, bloating or cramps
  • General abdominal discomfort
  • New onset anemia
  • Red, black or tarry blood in the stool
  • Stools that are narrower than usual
  • Unintentional weight loss

Our colon and rectal cancer treatments and services

A diagnosis like colon or rectal cancer can be overwhelming. However, our team of surgeons, doctors and nurses are here to work with you to find the treatment plan that works for you and bring you the best possible results.

Treatments and services we provide

We understand that no one wants to discover that they have cancer. However, our team of specialists wants to provide you with comfort and confidence even when dealing with such a diagnosis. That's why we offer a range of services to prevent and treat cancers of the colon and rectum.

Prevention and diagnosis

If you are already aware of a family member who has been diagnosed with colorectal cancer, or if you have undergone genetic testing that has revealed you are at risk, it's a good idea to undergo health exams to keep yourself safe. We provide several diagnostic services, including:

  • Barium enema
  • Biopsy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Digital rectal exam
  • Fecal occult blood test
  • Imaging services
  • Sigmoidoscopy
  • Virtual colonoscopy
  • X-ray of the large intestine

When caught early, almost all cancers are highly treatable. This is why regular exams are so important. Reluctance to undergo a colonoscopy or any sort of rectal procedure is understandable. However, our team of experts and specialists is committed to maintaining your dignity and comfort as well as your health.

Treatment for colorectal cancer

If a standard diagnostic test returns with concerning or abnormal results, there are a variety of treatment options.

Colonoscopies, while primary used to diagnose, can also be performed to remove malignant and benign polyps from the colon.

In cases that are more severe, you may be offered and undergo a colectomy, a surgical procedure designed to remove all or part of the colon. This is intended to prevent the spread of certain diseases.

If lymph nodes are involved in your condition, chemotherapy or radiation therapy may be an option for follow-up cancer care.

Needing treatment for cancer can be an overwhelming and frightening experience. However, we want to provide you with the care and support you deserve at all times. We will work with you to find a care plan specifically designed to your needs and your health.

Support for colorectal cancer

Dealing with a cancer diagnosis can be extremely isolating, but you are not alone. There are many cancer support groups in the greater Nashville area that are designed to provide you with guidance, friendship and peace of mind. We invite you to use our askSARAH helpline or ask your nurse navigator for more information regarding support in your area.

About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute

As part of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Network of HCA Healthcare, our family of facilities offer integrated cancer programs with convenient access to cutting-edge therapies for those facing cancer in our communities. From diagnosis to treatment and survivorship care, our oncology experts ensure you have access to locally-trusted care with the support of a globally-recognized network.

askSARAH Helpline

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 (352) 339-7000.

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