Advanced colorectal cancer care in Portsmouth
Portsmouth Regional Hospital offers you a full range of gastrointestinal services, tests and imaging options related to diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care of colorectal cancer. We perform colorectal procedures, including colonoscopies, to detect cancer early or prevent cancer by removing polyps before they develop into cancer.
To make an appointment or learn more about our services, you can speak to a nurse 24/7 by calling (888) 421-1080.
What is colorectal cancer?
Small polyps, known as adenomas or growths in the colon or rectum, can lead to cancer, although very few polyps are actually cancerous.
As one of the most common and preventable cancer types in men and women, cancers of the colon and rectum (colorectal) typically occur without symptoms, except for some abdominal discomfort, a change in bowel habits and bleeding.
Regular screening colonoscopies can prevent this cancer through early detection and treatment, resulting in improved survival rates, especially for people 50 years old and older. Screening at earlier ages may be recommended if you have a family member who has been diagnosed with colorectal cancer.
Colorectal cancer treatment
At the Cancer Care Center at Portsmouth Regional Hospital, colorectal cancer treatment often includes surgery. Chemotherapy may also be included in your care plan, especially if lymph nodes are involved.
Colorectal cancer surgery options
If surgical care is needed, our highly skilled surgeons use the latest in minimally invasive procedures, including laparoscopy, to remove colorectal cancers and reconnect intestinal tissue. These minimally invasive procedures mean you experience less post-procedural pain and a faster recovery. Chemotherapy may also be an option for follow-up care, especially if lymph nodes are involved.
You also benefit from collaboration with surgeons in gynecology care and urogynecology care who perform complementary procedures like rectal prolapse repair, vaginal prolapse repair and pelvic floor reconstruction.