Denver colorectal cancer treatment center
Colorectal cancer develops in the colon and/or rectum. Some colorectal cancer patients are diagnosed through routine screening, while other patients report experiencing early symptoms of colorectal cancer, including:
- Abdominal bloating, cramps or discomfort
- Changes in your bowel habits
- Nausea or vomiting
- Rectal bleeding or blood in your stool
- Unexplained weight loss
- Unexplained loss of appetite
- Weakness or fatigue
At Swedish Medical Center, our leading specialists perform advanced diagnostic tests to provide accurate and specific screening and diagnosis. We utilize a series of diagnostic imaging and laboratory tests including colonoscopies, biopsies, stool testing, MRI, CT scans, PET scans and ultrasound technology.
Through our cancer resource center, patients can also access support service professionals, including social workers, nutritionists, pain management physicians, nurse navigators, psychologists and a chaplain.
Comprehensive colorectal tumor treatment
We offer a wide variety of surgical and non-surgical treatment options to patients with colorectal cancer. Our colorectal specialists and board-certified colorectal surgeons are specially trained to utilize the most advanced treatment options, including minimally invasive surgical procedures.
Laparoscopic surgery, a proven method for minimally invasive colorectal surgery, involves a technique in which the surgeon makes small incisions and uses a camera attached to a thin metal telescope to watch a magnified view of the inside of the abdomen.
The da Vinci® robotic-assisted surgery method is a less invasive procedure that surgeons can use to operate through just a few small incisions. The colorectal surgeon utilizes special equipment to observe the inside of the abdomen with a 3D monitor.
Our colorectal specialists also utilize PINPOINT endoscopy technology. PINPOINT allows surgeons to visually assess the quality of blood flow in colon and rectal tissue, which can assist surgeons in determining healthy tissue while making surgical incisions.
For more information on colorectal cancer treatment at Swedish, please call (866) 779-3347.
Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute
As part of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare, our family of hospitals provides you with convenient access to leading-edge cancer therapies and clinical trials. Through our Sarah Cannon oncology programs, we offer patients personal, individualized care with a trusted network of specialists who address every aspect of cancer care.
Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Swedish Medical Center is pleased to offer access to askSARAH, a dedicated helpline designed to help answer your cancer-related questions. Whether you have been recently diagnosed with cancer or have questions with screenings, signs or symptoms, a specially trained askSARAH nurse can help. Committed to ensuring you have the right resources close to home, our nurses are available 24/7 and all calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (303) 253-3225 or fill out the askSARAH contact form to connect directly to a nurse who can help you today.