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Piedmont Cancer

Colon & Rectal Cancer

Piedmont Cancer Provides Personalized Care for Colon & Rectal Cancer

Planning for operative and postoperative treatment begins as soon as colorectal cancer has been diagnosed. We take a team approach to caring for patients with colon and rectal cancer. Our multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses and navigators work together to provide personalized treatment for each patient. Treatment planning conferences are used to provide patients with a treatment recommendation. 

As a certified member in MD Anderson Cancer Network®, a program of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Piedmont Cancer has access to oncology specialist consultations from clinical experts at the top research cancer center in the U.S.

Surgical Expertise at Piedmont Cancer

Surgery is often the first step in the treatment of colon cancer. The goal of surgery is to remove the entire tumor in an attempt to eradicate the cancer. A second benefit derived from removing the colon is that the clinician gets a much more accurate analysis of the extent and aggressiveness of the cancer. Surgery is performed by a colorectal surgeon who specializes in this type of cancer.

For rectal cancer, surgery is also the first step in treatment. Though most advanced rectal cancers are not operated on immediately. Our specialists help develop the right treatment plan that is customized to your disease.

Colorectal Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays to damage the DNA inside colon or rectum cancer cells. The goal is to eradicate tumor cells that could be left behind after the surgery. Piedmont radiation oncologists prescribe and administer the treatment using the latest technology.

Chemotherapy for Colorectal Cancer

Chemotherapy involves the use of drugs to kill tumor cells. Sometimes it is given prior to surgery to reduce the size for the tumor. If there is concern for residual tumor after surgery or radiation therapy, chemotherapy can be given to kill these left-over cells. Chemotherapy can also be used to slow the growth of advanced tumor that has metastasized or spread to other parts of the body.   

Medical oncologists at Piedmont Cancer are experts in helping patients with these approaches.

Contact a Colorectal Specialist at Piedmont Cancer

To make an appointment with a colon and rectal cancer specialist near you or for questions about treatment options, call 404-425-1800 or use our convenient Find a Doctor search.