In the earliest stages of colorectal cancer (stage 0 and some stage I cases) polyps can be removed during a colonoscopy in a procedure called polypectomy. Early-stage superficial cancers that are not deep can also be removed through excision, where the cancer is cut out by inserting a tube into the rectum. Unlike colectomy, these procedures do not involve cutting through the abdominal wall.
Surgical removal of the tumor ("resection") along with any affected surrounding tissue is the...Read more
Scientists have found genetic changes in colon cancer cells says a New York Times article. If you have a relative with colon cancer, this... Read more »
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Q. I’ve heard of women with DCIS and IDC, but I just found out I have ILC. What’s that?A. ILC–infiltrating lobular carcinoma–is similar to... Read more »
Before you start reading, take this helpful quiz on infiltrating/invasive ductal carcinoma as a preview to this FAQ. Q. I’ve learned I have IDC,... Read more »