Colon cancer, or colorectal cancer, originates in the colon or rectum. Being aware of the possible symptoms is vital because it is one of the three most prevalent kinds of cancer diagnosed in men and women in the United States.
Potential Colon Cancer Symptoms
Some common symptoms of colon cancer include:
- Changes in bowel habits: If you notice a continual change in your bowel movements, like constipation, diarrhea or another alteration in the consistency of your feces, it could be a sign of colon cancer.
- Blood in the stool: If you see blood in your feces, whether bright red or dark, it could indicate colon cancer. Blood in the stool may be visible to the naked eye or only be detected through a stool test.
- Abdominal pain or discomfort: Persistent abdominal pain, cramps or discomfort, especially if other symptoms like bloating accompany it, could be a sign of colon cancer.
- Unexplained weight loss: If you are experiencing unexplained weight loss without any changes in your diet or exercise routine, it could be a warning sign of colon cancer.
- Weakness and fatigue: Colon cancer can cause you to feel weak and exhausted due to the loss of blood in the stool or the cancer cells consuming energy from the body.
Importance of Early Detection and Treatment
Early detection of colon cancer is crucial for successful treatment outcomes. If detected early, it is more likely to be treatable and has a higher chance of cure. This life-saving detection is why paying attention to your bowel habits, stool and how your abdominal region feels daily (so you notice when changes occur) is essential and worth the effort. If you experience even one of the symptoms, you must consult a qualified healthcare professional for further evaluation and screening.
Robotic Colon Cancer Surgery – The Best Treatment Choice
If surgery is required to treat colon cancer, robotic colon cancer surgery is considered one of the best treatment choices. Robotic surgery is a minimally invasive surgical approach that uses advanced automated technology to perform precise and controlled surgical procedures.
Here are some reasons why robotic colon cancer surgery is preferable:
- Precision and accuracy: Robotic surgery allows for precise and accurate movements with its advanced robotic arms, which can perform complex procedures with minimal damage to surrounding healthy tissue.
- Faster recovery and shorter hospital stay: Robotic surgery is minimally invasive, meaning smaller incisions, less pain and quicker recovery than traditional open surgery. It also results in a more temporary hospital stay, allowing patients to return to normal activities sooner.
- Reduced risk of complications: Robotic surgery poses a lower risk of complications (like infection, bleeding and scarring) than traditional open surgery.
- Enhanced visualization: Robotic surgery provides high-definition 3D visualization, allowing surgeons to see the surgical site in greater detail, which can lead to more precise surgical outcomes.
Learn More About How a Surgeon Performs Robotic Surgery
If you are experiencing symptoms indicative of colon cancer or have been diagnosed with colon cancer and require surgery, consider Dmitri Alden, MD, FACS for your treatment. He specializes in robotic and laparoscopic cancer surgeries, providing advanced and minimally invasive treatment options for his patients. Contact his New York practice to schedule a consultation and see why he is regarded as one of the country’s top 100 surgeons.