Colon Cancer Treatment

Colon cancer treatment can be a challenging process. That's why Fletcher Allen is committed to personalized care. Our multidisciplinary gastrointestinal cancer clinic provides a complete evaluation of each patient and develops a personalized treatment plan – in one day – that includes all appropriate resources.

Determining your Treatment Options

Colon cancer treatment depends on the stage and location of the cancer as well as other factors such as your age, overall health and personal preferences. Your team of doctors will take all of that into account with the treatments they recommend.

Colon Cancer Treatment in Burlington, VT

Colon cancer treatment options at Fletcher Allen include:

Colonoscopy or Endoscopic Removal of Colorectal Polyps

If your cancer is early-stage, small and confined to a polyp, your doctor may be able to remove it completely during a colonoscopy or endoscopy.

Chemotherapy for Colon Cancer

Chemotherapy treats cancer by destroying cancer cells using different types of medication.

Colostomy and Colectomy

Colon removal surgery (called colectomy) may be recommended if your colon cancer has grown into or through your colon. A partial colectomy removes the cancerous part of your colon and some normal tissue on either side of the cancer as well as nearby lymph nodes.

Often, your surgical oncologist reconnects the healthy parts of your colon or rectum. If that is not possible, you may need to have a permanent or temporary colostomy. Colostomy uses part of the remaining bowel to create an opening in the wall of your abdomen for the removal of body waste into a special bag.

Radiation Therapy for Colon Cancer

Radiation therapy uses high-energy beams, such as X-rays and protons, to destroy cancer cells.

Find a Fletcher Allen physician or call us at 877-540-HOPE (4673).