Colon Cancer Surgery
Colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in men and women in the United States, but it is also one of the most preventable cancers through early detection with colonoscopy screenings. If colon cancer is found, there is good news - when caught early, it is highly curable.
When you or a loved one choose to battle colon cancer with the caring and highly skilled staff at Scottsdale Healthcare’s Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center, you can rest assured we will help you to understand the treatment options available to you and coordinate referrals to the appropriate services and cancer specialists. That way, you can make the decision that's best for you, and most importantly, focus on getting better.
The type of treatment your doctor recommends will depend largely on the stage of your cancer. The Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center offers a full spectrum of treatment options to fit your individual needs.
While surgery is nearly always needed to successfully treat colon cancer, it doesn’t have to mean lengthy hospital stays and scars.
daVinci Robotic Surgery
Scottsdale Healthcare surgeons perform many operations using minimally invasive techniques rather than making the long incision needed for traditional open surgery. This includes using one of three da Vinci robots at Scottsdale Healthcare, which acquired Arizona’s first da Vinci robot in 2001 and has the longest experience with the robotic surgery in the state.
For colorectal surgery patients, this typically means three or four incisions that are each less than one-third of an inch long. Another 1- to 1.5-inch incision is made to remove the unhealthy colon tissue. Compare that with the 5-inch incision generally needed during traditional open colorectal surgery, and it is understandable why da Vinci surgery is called minimally invasive.
It also has other advantages for patients. Robotic colorectal surgery patients generally are hospitalized only two or three days, versus five or six for open-surgery patients. The assistance of the robotic system allows for much more precise surgical movements, so the surgeon can remove the cancer with less injury to the surrounding nerves and blood vessels.
Dr. Andrew Kassir performed the first robotic colon surgery in Arizona in 2009 at Scottsdale Healthcare and today, surgeons from across the country travel to watch and learn during his robotic procedures. Robotic surgery for the colon is a recent development and only a handful of centers nationwide offer it.
Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery (TEM)
The Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center is proud to be one of less than 100 centers in the United States to offer transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM), a minimally invasive surgical technique that allows the removal of a cancer mass or polyp in the rectum that might otherwise require a major abdominal surgery.
To find out more about the treatment options for colon cancer offered at the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center: