Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States, but it's also one of the most preventable cancers. Screening for colorectal cancer is one of the best preventive measures and is painless in the vast majority of cases. In this webcast, sponsored by Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Dr. Steven Stryker discusses that many surgeries for colorectal cancer can be conducted with minimally invasive techniques. Dr. Stryker is a surgical oncologist on the medical staff at Northwestern Memorial and professor of Clinical Surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
The program begins with a discussion of prevention. Dr. Stryker talks about the importance of colonoscopy, how precancerous polyps are detected and easily removed and the guidelines for screening. He then goes on to talk about treatment if something is detected during screening. Dr. Stryker speaks in depth about surgery and radiation and how these therapies are used to effectively treat both precancerous polyps and advanced disease.
He closes by stressing the need for screening through colonoscopy. To quote Dr. Stryker, “First of all, I just want to say that colonoscopies don't need to be unpleasant because we've got a number of medications available to us, including assistance from our anesthesia colleagues, that can make a screening colonoscopy entirely painless.” If you or someone you know is searching for information about colon cancer, look no further.
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