Colon cancer treatment in Israel is provided by top surgeons and oncologists at IES. A concerted effort with prominent oncology institute professionals enables medical centers to resent innovative diagnostic and treatment technologies for gastrointestinal stromal tumors, achieving impressive results across all stages of the disease trajectory. IES adheres to the highest principles of quality of care and meets the strictest safety standards, boasting a top notch medical team, and creating an environment conducive to a quick recovery.
What is Colon Cancer?
Colon cancer is a malignant tumor that originates from the epithelial cells in the intestinal mucosa. Uncontrolled cancer cell growth leads to a tumor mass encroaching on the intestinal lumen and obstruction of its terrain. It should be noted that this cancer type is capable of infiltrating through all layers of the affected intestine, extending to adjacent abdominal organs, as well as metastasizing to proximate lymph nodes and other regions of the body. More frequently, bowel cancer develops from disorders commonly known as precancerous diseases – polyps, but an opportune diagnosis helps hinder the spread of this disease.
Colon cancer symptoms
The main signs of colon cancer requiring immediate differential diagnosis are:
A tendency to severe and protracted constipation or diarrhea, and a feeling of incomplete evacuation
Presence of blood in the stool
Unintentional weight loss
Anemia as a result of chronic blood loss, as well as signs of iron deficiency in routine blood tests
In the late stages of the disease, intestinal obstruction may arise – abdominal pain, swelling, nausea, vomiting and signs of acute. Ileus is a disruption of the normal propulsive ability of the gastrointestinal tract that puts the patient`s life at risk and requires immediate treatment.
Metastatic lesions of the internal organs are in the background of the aforementioned symptoms
A well-timed diagnosis of colon cancer significantly enhances the prospects for a full recovery; consequently, upon the emergence of initial symptoms of suspected malignancy, one should seek medical assistance immediately.
Colon cancer diagnosis in Israel
At IES, patients undergo diagnosis with state-of-the-art equipment to detect the disease in its initial stages of development, and to accurately evaluate the extent of damage incurred by the most prevalent forms of the cancer. The main approaches to colon cancer diagnosis in Israel are as follows:
Fecal occult blood tests, including immunochemical testing which has high sensitivity and enables diagnosis of intestinal bleeding Capsule endoscopy – Colonoscopy with flexible optical devices, facilitating not only the assessment of the condition of the intestinal mucosa, but also a biopsy of the anatomic locations of the suspected intestinal tumor
Video capsule endoscopy – a minimally invasive technique of examining the gastrointestinal tract via a remote video camera
A histological investigation of tissue samples obtained via biopsy facilitates a conclusive diagnosis
Estimation of the size, location and availability of neoplasms in other organs is implemented by employing state-of-the-art radiological and visual research methods such as ultrasound, CT, PET-CT and MRI. Virtual colonoscopy is one of the groundbreaking noninvasive diagnoses of the large intestine – a computed tomography of sorts with the feasibility of accurately establishing pathological processes.
Colon cancer treatment in Israel
Oncologists at IES implement the most effective therapies for colon cancer in Israel, including:
Colectomy, proctocolectomy – surgical method for colon cancer aimed at removing the primary lesion and the surrounding lymph nodes. Recent strides facilitate laparoscopic surgery in the majority of cases (rendering needless a wide cut) with immediate internal anastomosis (connection) and sections of the intestine. In cases in which it is not feasible to conduct a one-stage anastomosis prints the temporary stoma an artificial opening for the evacuation of feces is created.
Chemotherapy and targeted therapy are effective primary or secondary treatments and are applied in combination with a surgical procedure to remove the tumor.
Radiotherapy impedes cancer cell growth and greatly enhances the prognosis of combination cancer therapy. Modern radiation therapy protocols are compiled to keep side effects to a minimum.
Experts at IES boast vast clinical experience in colon cancer surgery and therapy; patients are guaranteed to receive effective treatment and a rapid recovery.