Colorectal cancer – cancer of the colon or the rectum – is one of the most commonly-diagnosed cancers in the United States. But if you learn you have the disease, it suddenly becomes very personal and you may feel like you are alone in fighting it.
At Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, we make sure you never feel alone. The doctors, nurses and other providers who are part of our Colon Cancer Program will be at your side to guide you. They offer support, encouragement and leading-edge therapies to fight your cancer and help you have the best possible quality of life.
We use a team approach so that you get the knowledge and expertise of many different specialists. We will discuss your case and develop treatment recommendations based on your needs. But you’ll always be the head of the team and the focus of all we do. We fight your cancer together.
Treatment for colorectal cancer is based on the type of cancer you have, how advanced it is, your overall health and other factors. Options include:
- Radiation therapy
- Targeted drug therapy
Our palliative care team can work with you to make sure we manage your symptoms and any side effects you might experience with treatment. Palliative care is available to everyone, regardless of the stage of your disease or your prognosis.
Being with people who are going through a similar experience can provide comfort and an opportunity to get helpful advice. We offer a cancer support group for people touched by all types of cancer. It meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month. For information, please call 509-474-5490.
After treatment, many people find they need additional support to deal with challenges such as fear of cancer returning and long-term side effects.
Our survivorship program helps you address concerns like these. We offer information about local resources, educational sessions and events to celebrate and connect with other survivors.
If you’re interested, please let us know.
Many different specialists may be involved in your care. Their expertise helps ensure you receive treatment and support you need.
Members of your team may include:
- Cancer care coordinator
- Medical oncologists
- Palliative care providers
- Radiation oncologists
- Radiation therapists
- Registered dietitians
- Research coordinator
- Social workers Surgeons