Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and also the second leading cause of cancer death. However, when discovered early, colorectal cancer is highly curable. At Torrance Memorial, we offer sophisticated, compassionate, and comprehensive care to patients with colorectal cancer.
Colorectal cancer starts in either the colon or the rectum. The colon and rectum are the large intestine, the lower part of the body’s digestive tract. The most common type of colorectal cancer is adenocarcinoma. This type of cancer can form in mucous-secreting glands throughout the body, including the lower intestine.
Colorectal Cancer Screening
Screenings for colorectal cancer available at Torrance Memorial include:
- Colonoscopy: Using a thin, flexible tube called a colonoscopy with a light and microscope, the doctor examines the entire inside of the rectum and colon for ulcers, colon polyps, tumors, and areas of inflammation or bleeding.
- Sigmoidoscopy: A thin, lighted tube is used to exam the lower colon and rectum for polyps
- Virtual colonoscopy: A procedure using a combination of x-rays and computer technology to create images of the rectum and colon. If your doctor finds signs that you have polyps, you may need to have a colonoscopy to determine whether cancer is present.
- Double-contrast barium enema: An imaging procedure that involves swallowing a dye to make the colon visible under x-ray.
Diagnosis & Treatment
If polyps are found during your colonoscopy, they will be removed during the procedure and sent to the pathology lab to test for cancer.
Your physician will recommend the best treatment for your colorectal cancer, based on your medical history and the results of your screening and lab tests. Treatment options for colorectal cancer include:
For additional information about the Colorectal Cancer program at Torrance Memorial, call our Nurse Navigator at 310-517-7077.