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Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States and the third most common cancer in men and in women. The American Cancer Society estimates that 142,820 Americans will be diagnosed in 2013 and that 50,830 will die from colon cancer. In Nebraska, almost 50 people in 100,000 will develop colon cancer. Over 90 percent of new diagnosed colon cancer and deaths from colon cancer occur in people 50 or older. However, colon cancer does not discriminate and can happen to men and women at any age.
Screening for colorectal cancer helps prevent this disease. Screening can find precancerous polyps (abnormal growths), so they can be removed before they turn into cancer. Screening also finds colorectal cancer early, when treatment works best.
Colon Cancer Treatment at Regional West
We have the experience. At Regional West Medical Center, our oncology team assures best practices and state-of-the art diagnostic, comprehensive screening and treatment services. In 2012, our physicians performed 660 screening colonoscopies. In addition to the screening, surgeons performed another 795 colonoscopy procedures, and over 100 patients from the Nebraska panhandle and eastern Wyoming received surgery for colorectal cancer. In addition, patients who required radiation therapy as part of their treatment for colorectal cancer were able to receive their therapy here at Regional West.
The Colon Cancer Patient Care Team: A Collaborative, Team Approach
At Regional West Medical Center, your colon cancer treatment is managed by a multi-specialty team that provides compassionate, comprehensive care, and is focused on helping our patients achieve the best possible outcomes. In addition to the specialists listed below, our team includes Anesthesiologists, nurses, dieticians, pharmacists, physical therapists, and other professionals with extensive experience in cancer care.
Online Colon Cancer Resources
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention www.cdc.gov/cancer/colorectal/basic_info/index.htm
- Colon Cancer Today www.coloncancertoday.com
- Colon Cancer Alliance www.ccalliance.org
- Healthline www.healthline.com/channel/colorectal-cancer.html
- United Ostomy Association www.uoa.org