Finding better ways to fight your colorectal cancer
Colorectal cancer is the 3rd most diagnosed cancer in the U.S. among both men and women. About 105,000 new colon cancer cases and 42,000 new cases of rectal cancer are diagnosed annually.
Colorectal cancer experts from Aurora BayCare Medical Center provide comprehensive diagnosis and care, finding better ways to fight your colorectal cancer. Consultation with a group of colorectal cancer experts is available through a single-day multidisciplinary cancer conference.
Aurora BayCare specialists treat colorectal cancer and other GI cancers. We offer the most advanced treatments, including access to clinical trials.
- Capsule Endoscopy. Visualizing the small intestine has always presented a challenge. While the large intestine is easily visualized via colonoscopy, the technology has not, until now, been available to optically examine the small intestine. During capsule endoscopy, the patient swallows a small wireless camera housed in a capsule not much larger than an antihistamine pill. During the capsule's 8-hour passage through the small intestine, it transmits images to special antennae attached to the body. These images are recorded on a device the patient wears like a portable tape player. The patient then returns the recording device to his or her physician, who downloads the images onto a PC, where they can be reviewed.
- Colonoscopy. Aurora BayCare offers both traditional and virtual colonoscopies. A virtual colonoscopy uses special X-ray equipment to produce pictures of the colon. A computer then assembles these pictures into detailed images that can show polyps and other abnormalities. Virtual colonoscopy may cause less discomfort and take less time than a conventional colonoscopy. If a polyp is found, however, an additional procedure such as a traditional colonoscopy is needed to remove the polyp or biopsy an area.
- PET/CT. Combined PET/CT scans provide your physicians with two sets of information from a single scan: the anatomical data yielded by a CT scan and the metabolic information provided by PET. This technology is helpful in localizing smaller cancers and in defining areas to which primary cancers have metastasized.
- Ultrasonic Endoscopy. This technique combines the optical benefits of endoscopy with the diagnostic advantages of ultrasound imaging. A small ultrasound transducer, mounted in tandem with an endoscope, is guided to the region of interest within the body. The technology yields more detailed images of a small area than is possible with ultrasound scanning done from outside the body.
Genetic Cancer Counseling
If you have a family history of gastrointestinal cancer, such as colon, stomach, or pancreatic cancer, meet with our genetic counselors for a confidential assessment. This program can help evaluate your risk and create a personalized, proactive plan for screenings and prevention.
Colorectal Cancer Treatments
Our team of cancer experts customizes cancer treatment plans for each patient. Treatment plans may include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and cancer immunotherapy. We offer the most advance treatments for colorectal cancers, including access to clinical trials.
- Robotic Surgery: We offer minimally invasive, robot-assisted colorectal surgery.
- Cancer Immunotherapy : By stimulating the body's immune system, cancer cells may be destroyed without damaging healthy tissue. Cancer vaccines use a patient's cells to trigger the immune system to attack cancerous cells. While traditional vaccines are used to prevent an illness from taking hold, cancer vaccines are used to prevent the existing cancer from spreading and reduce the risk of recurrence.
- Laparoscopic colon and rectal surgery
- TAMIS (Trans anal minimally invasive surgery)