Colorectal Cancer | Sturdy Memorial Hospital | Attleboro, MA

Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer, or cancer of the colon or rectum, is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men and women in the United States. With proper screening, physicians can identify cancer in an earlier stage when it is easier to treat.

If you are 50 or older, you should have a colonoscopy every 10 years. If you have an inflammatory bowel condition such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, or have a family history of precancerous polyps or cancer, you should be examined earlier.

Diagnosis

We offer various technologies to provide you with the most advanced methods of diagnosing colorectal cancer including:

CEA Level Test - The carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) level test measures the level of CEA in the body. Found in higher than normal amounts, it can be a sign of colorectal cancer or other conditions.

Colonoscopy - A long flexible tube with a small camera is used to examine the walls of the colon and rectum.

Contrast Barium Enema- An x-ray exam allows physicians to view the structure of the colon and rectum.

Fecal Occult Blood Test - A stool sample is checked for blood which could be a sign of cancer or a precancerous polyp.

Stool DNA Test - A collected sample of stool is reviewed at the lab to check for any abnormal DNA that may indicate cancer or precancerous polyps.

Sigmoidoscopy - A flexible light tube is inserted into the rectum to check for polyps and cancer in the lower colon.

Treatment

If you are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, your expert care team will work with you to develop a treatment plan specific to your medical needs. We offer a wide range of colorectal cancer therapies including medical oncologyradiation therapy and surgical options specific to colorectal cancer.

Surgery for Colorectal Cancers

  • Laproscopic colon resections for right and left colonic lesions
  • Open colon resections for right and left colonic lesions
  • Endorectal ultrasound for pre-operative staging of rectal cancer
  • Low anterior resections and abdominal perineal resections for rectal cancer
  • Sphincter saving low anastmosis for very low lying rectal cancers
  • Edoluminal stenting
  • Liver resections for isolated colorectal liver metastasis
  • Debulking for primary or recurrent peritoneal circumstances
  • Pelvic exenteration for locally advanced rectal cancers

Upcoming Events

  • Dec
    18
    Tuesday
    7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Our Oncology Department holds a Cancer Support Group on a regular basis for those undergoing cancer treatment, as well as survivors.
  • Dec
    19
    Wednesday
    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    Our Oncology Department holds a Breast Cancer Support Group on a regular basis for those undergoing treatment for breast cancer, as well as survivors.
  • Ongoing
    Healthy Steps combines gentle movements, dance, and music to improve overall wellness, as well as emotional well-being and self-image.
  • Ongoing
    Strength ABC is a gradual weight training program designed for all breast cancer survivors.

Learn More

For more information about Cancer Care Program at Sturdy Memorial Hospital, call our oncology department at 508-236-7010 or 508-236-7012.