Colon Cancer

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Stomach ache x-ray picture There are not many in the United States who will soon forget the sudden death of beloved movie star Chadwick Boseman. Most famous for his portrayal of Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Boseman, at last, passed away at the age of 43 after a long battle with colon cancer. Despite a downward trend in the number of colon cancer cases diagnosed each year, it is still a prevalent disease. For those under the age of 55, the number of cases has, in fact, been increasing. It remains the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths for both men and women in the United States.

At the Dietrich Law Firm P.C., we understand the life-changing effects of personal injury. A colorectal cancer diagnosis can permanently alter your way of life. As such, the importance of finding the right representative for your personal injury case cannot be overstated. Our team of top personal injury attorneys is more than capable of representing you. Please call us today at 716-839-3939 or contact us online for your consultation.

What Is Colorectal Cancer?

Colorectal cancer refers to the cancers that grow in either the colon or the rectum. It begins in the last part of the gastrointestinal system, within the large intestine. Colorectal cancer develops in the colon or rectum inside of polyps. While polyps are noncancerous, to begin with, they provide an opportunity for cancer to grow into tumors, which can then spread through the layers of the colon and rectum and, if left untreated, to the rest of the body.

There are several types of colorectal cancers, the most common being adenocarcinomas. These develop in the cells lining the colon and rectum. Colorectal cancer can also be carcinoid tumors, gastrointestinal stromal tumors, lymphomas, and sarcomas. Carcinoid tumors and gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GST) both grow in the intestinal tract, and GSTs are, in some cases, found to be noncancerous. Lymphomas infect the lymph nodes, although they sometimes originate in the colorectal area. Sarcomas are very rare and begin inside blood vessels and tissue.



Warning Signs And Treatment Options

Colorectal cancer is most commonly found during colonoscopies. It is recommended that individuals at the age of 45, or starting even younger, get regular colonoscopies, particularly if a genetic or medical history of colorectal cancer is a factor. Indications of colorectal cancer can include unintended weight loss, fatigue, blood in the stool, bleeding from the rectum, changes in bowel habits, and cramping. If blood starts to appear in the digestive tract, seek medical treatment immediately. Bleeding where there should not be blood is never an indication of something good, even if it is not colorectal cancer-related.

There are numerous treatment options for colorectal cancer. The best course of action will depend entirely on the severity and location of the tumor. Surgery is the most common treatment for both colon and rectal cancer. At the very early stages of colon cancer, polyps can be removed with little lasting damage to the colon. When cancer becomes more advanced, a colectomy might be necessary to remove either a part or all of the colon. If a tumor is found to be obstructing the colon, or if the cancer has spread to other parts of the body, a doctor might choose a colostomy. In this type of surgery, the colon is partially removed and rerouted through an opening in the abdomen called a stoma. Waste is then expelled out of the stoma into a colostomy bag, which the patient will have to change. Sometimes, surgery results in only a temporary colostomy to allow the body to heal. Radiation and chemotherapy can be done in addition to or instead of surgery.

Jed Dietrich, Esq. has spent the past twenty years working as a personal injury attorney, tackling countless personal injury cases across the Western New York area. Today, he and his team of aggressive, tenacious, and hardworking lawyers are more than prepared to represent you. Our priority is to ensure that you receive compensation for your injuries. Call us today at 716-839-3939 or visit us online for your free consultation.

Resources For Colorectal Cancer Patients

The treatment process for any cancer patient is long and difficult, but thanks to the dedication and hard work of so many doctors, nurses, researchers, and caregivers, the treatment methods and support systems in place for cancer patients and their loved ones are very good.

Intestines figure Many cancer patients live in fear that their cancer will return, even after successful treatments. A survivorship care plan is one way in which to take active steps to prepare against further incidents of cancer. This can include scheduling early detection tests and follow-up exams, preparing for the side effects of treatment, and making lifestyle changes that can help to prevent new cancers from developing. Cancer survivors are encouraged to reach out to their doctor if they are at all concerned that cancer has returned. There is absolutely no shame in asking for a check-up, as it is far better to be certain that cancer has not returned than to let it go undiagnosed.

In the event that a colostomy or ileostomy was necessary to remove colorectal cancer, there are numerous resources for individuals learning to live with these adjustments. The American Cancer Society website has both a Colostomy Guide and Ileostomy Guide webpage with information and resources. For some cancer survivors and their loved ones, a cancer diagnosis inspires them to become involved. The American Cancer Society lists ways in which individuals can volunteer. This includes everything from donating to becoming an advocate for cancer legislation.

Jed Dietrich, Esq. recognizes that a colon cancer diagnosis is a life-changing event. Our compassionate team is here to help with everything while you focus on what matters most. Call us today at 716-839-3939 or visit us online to schedule your free consultation. Remember, you will never be charged until we secure a win for you!

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