Colorectal cancer is the abnormal growth of cells within the colon or rectum, different parts of your large bowel, or large intestine. Though both can be referred to as colorectal cancer, the starting location of the tumor is a determining factor in whether it is colon cancer or rectal cancer.
Since the large intestine is part of the digestive system, signs and symptoms of colorectal cancer will pertain to that aspect of bodily function. Signs and symptoms include changes in bowel habits, diarrhea, constipation, rectal bleeding, bloody stool, thin stool, abdominal discomfort, or a feeling of incomplete emptying during a bowel movement. Other signs and symptoms can be unexplained weight loss or loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, weakness, fatigue, anemia, or jaundice.
Diagnosis of colorectal cancer can include a combination of computed tomography (CT) imaging, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET) imaging, a colonoscopy, an endoscopic ultrasound, or a biopsy.
If you are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, radiation therapy can be used in conjunction with surgery and/or chemotherapy. Eastside Radiation offers the following treatment options for Colorectal Cancer: