Colorectal Cancer Surgery
We specialize in minimally invasive and laparoscopic procedures for colorectal cancer.
Drawing patients from throughout the state and across the country, our nationally known surgeons have pioneered and perfected procedures and techniques such as the ileoanal W-pouch for colon resection.
Surgery is the most common treatment for all stages of colon cancer. A doctor may remove the cancer using one of the following types of surgery:
If the cancer is found at a very early stage, the surgeon may remove it without cutting through the abdominal wall. This is called a local excision. If the cancer is found in a polyp (a small bulging piece of tissue), the operation is called a polypectomy.
If the cancer is larger, the surgeon will perform a partial colectomy (removing the cancer and a small amount of healthy tissue around it). The surgeon then sews the healthy parts of the colon together and usually removes lymph nodes near the colon and examines them under a microscope for cancer.
Resection and Colostomy
If the surgeon is not able to sew the two ends of the colon back together, a stoma (opening) is made on the outside of the body for waste to pass through. This procedure is called a colostomy. A bag is placed around the stoma to collect the waste. Sometimes the colostomy is needed only until the lower colon has healed, and then it can be reversed. If the doctor needs to remove the entire lower colon, however, the colostomy may be permanent.
Surgeons collaborate with the Willamette Valley Cancer Institute and Research Center, Oregon Imaging Centers, and other specialists to provide comprehensive care for all types of cancer.