Colorectal cancer treatment in Wichita, Kansas
At Wesley Healthcare, we offer comprehensive colorectal cancer care. Our gastroenterologists perform thorough procedures to diagnose gastrointestinal (GI) cancers, and our oncologists and oncology teams have access to the most advanced cancer treatments available.
For more information about our colorectal cancer care, please call (316) 962-6100.
Colorectal cancer refers to cancers in the colon or rectum. Your GI doctor will likely perform gastrointestinal procedures, such as a colonoscopy, to diagnose colorectal cancer. If an abnormality is detected, he or she may order additional tests to confirm the diagnosis. Wesley Healthcare's oncology program is accredited by the Commission on Cancer (CoC). We offer expert oncologists who partner with other Wesley specialists to treat your specific type of cancer from a multidisciplinary team approach.
Colon cancer is one of the most common cancers, according to the American Cancer Society. Colon cancer develops from polyps, or growths, within the colon or rectum. These polyps are often noncancerous, however, the cells within the polyps may begin growing abnormally over time, which could make the polyp cancerous.
Colon cancer screening
Wesley is proud to offer colon cancer screenings in Wichita. The most common and most dependable way to screen for colon cancer is with a colonoscopy. This test gives your doctor a clear view of your colon and rectum.
Patients with colon cancer usually do not experience symptoms until the cancer has progressed. This is why regular colon cancer screenings are critical to detect the disease in its earliest stages when it is most treatable.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends patients start having colon cancer screenings at 50 years old.
Symptoms of colorectal cancer
Patients may experience any of the following symptoms of progressed colorectal cancer:
- Changes in bowel habits
- Blood in the stool or rectal bleeding
- Abdominal bloating, cramps or discomfort
- A feeling that the bowel doesn't empty completely
- Stools that are thinner than normal
Risk factors for colorectal cancer
You may be at higher risk for developing colorectal cancer if you:
- Are 45 years old or older
- Are very overweight
- Are not physically active
- Drink a lot of alcohol
- Eat a lot of red or processed meat
- Have a family history or personal history of colorectal cancer or polyps
- Have a personal history of type 2 diabetes, Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis
- Have an inherited genetic syndrome like Lynch syndrome
If you are at high risk for developing colon cancer, ask your doctor if regular colon cancer screenings are right for you.
Gastrointestinal nurse navigator
Erica Denno, RN, BSN, OCN
Erica is a gastrointestinal navigator supporting patients with esophageal, gastric, hepatobiliary, pancreatic and colorectal cancers. Prior to her navigator role, she worked on Wesley’s surgical oncology floor.
She is an oncology certified nurse and is chemotherapy certified through the Oncology Nursing Society. To refer a patient for more information about gastrointestinal services, please call (316) 962-3342.