About Colorectal Cancer
Colorectal Cancer occurs when there is an uncontrolled growth of cells
in the colon or rectum. Depending on where the cancer originates, your
physician may refer to colorectal cancer as colon cancer or rectal cancer.
Most colorectal cancers begin in a polyp (growth) on the lining of the
colon. If cancer develops within a polyp, it can begin to grow into the
wall of the colon or rectum.
Colorectal Cancer Symptoms
The most common symptom of colorectal cancer is a new lump or mass. A cancerous
mass is likely to be painless and hard with irregular edges.
Other symptoms include:
- A change in bowel habits
- Feelings of needing to have a bowel movement that are not relieved
- Rectal bleeding
- Dark stool or blood in stool
- Abdominal pain or cramping
- Weakness and fatigue
- Unintentional weight loss
While many of these symptoms can be caused by other conditions, it is important
to speak to your healthcare provider if you are experiencing any of the
symptoms listed above.
To learn more about signs and symptoms of colorectal cancer, speak with
your healthcare provider or
Colorectal Cancer Screening
Routine screenings for colorectal cancer are your best defense against
Talk to your doctor about when you should have a screening colonoscopy,
as well as other screening tests that make sense for you or
contact Surgical Oncology.
Colorectal Cancer Treatment
Colorectal cancer is often treated using multiple types of coordinated
- Radiation Therapy
- Targeted Therapies
Your Colorectal Cancer Treatment Team
Understanding your diagnosis and treatment options is the first step in
fighting colorectal cancer. At Frederick Health, we’re committed
to providing you with a cancer treatment experience that is focused on you.
Learn more about your treatment team:
Oncology & Hematology