Now that you know what is wrong, your next step is to determine the best course of treatment for your colorectal cancer. You have several options to consider. Your doctor will advise you on the best approach to take. Treatments may include the following, alone, or in combination:
As with many cancers, a team approach to treating colorectal cancer is often used. In addition to receiving care by nurses, social workers and counselors, and dieticians, you may also be treated by one or more of the following doctor specialists.
Sigmoidoscopy (SIG-moy-DAH-skuh-pee) enables the physician
to look at the inside of the large intestine from the rectum through the last
part of the colon, called the sigmoid colon. Physicians may use this procedure
to find the cause of diarrhea, abdominal pain, or constipation. They also use
sigmoidoscopy to look for early signs of colorectal cancer in the colon and
rectum. With sigmoidoscopy, the physician can see bleeding, inflammation,
abnormal growths, and ulcers.
For the procedure, you...