Centegra Health System’s commitment to treating colon (also known as colorectal) cancer means you can stay close to home for individualized treatment provided by a highly-skilled team of experts.
The lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is about 5 percent, or 1 in 20 people. Colorectal cancer is most effectively treated when diagnosed in the earliest stages of the disease. Colon cancer often has no symptoms in early stages; therefore doctors recommend colon cancer screenings. Screenings are recommended for those at high risk or are over the age of 50. Symptoms of advanced colon cancer can include changes in bowel habits, stool consistency, blood in the stool or abdominal discomfort. Speak with your doctor if you have any of these symptoms.
Colon Cancer Treatment in McHenry County
Cancer is different from many of the other diseases we treat at Centegra. It’s a journey, one that comes with unique challenges. If you have been diagnosed with colon cancer, Centegra Sage Cancer Center, located on the campus of Centegra Hospital-McHenry, is home to McHenry County’s only complete cancer treatment program. At Centegra Sage Cancer Center, you receive a personalized treatment plan for your cancer that offers the same state-of-the-art technology as major academic medical centers so you don’t have to travel far for care.
- Centegra’s experts use advanced medical imaging before, during and after cancer care to determine treatment plans and monitor success.
- Medical oncologists are important members of the Centegra cancer team who specialize in the use of medicine or drugs, also known as chemotherapy, to treat patients. Each patient receives a personalized treatment plan and help in managing the side effects of chemotherapy.
- Most people with colon cancer will require surgery. Centegra Physician Care’s surgeons and other surgeons on the medical staff at Centegra use minimally invasive, robotic and traditional techniques to remove tissue samples and tumors from the body.
- The Centegra Oncology Nurse Navigator offers individualized assistance to patients and families to help access the clinical, psychological, spiritual and emotional care a patient needs through all phases of the cancer journey. The oncology nurse navigator provides education and resources to help patients make decisions and coordinate care in collaboration with their caregivers.
- Centegra also provides cancer care that goes beyond what is available at most academic and community cancer centers. Centegra Oncology Rehabilitation & Support Services improves the lives of survivors by addressing the side effects of cancer treatments. The program includes more than 80 doctors, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, speech/language pathologists, registered dietitians and mental health professionals to support our patients’ needs.
- Genetic counseling and testing to help you understand your risk for inherited cancers and make an informed decision about treatment.
- In addition to these treatments for colon cancer, the team at Centegra Sage Cancer Center offers radiation therapies and other advanced cancer treatment options.
Getting a Second Opinion
Even if you have received your diagnosis and treatment options from another facility, the Centegra cancer team can still meet with you and help you feel more comfortable with the treatment plan you choose.