Colorectal Cancer Treatment & Surgery

Houston Methodist’s specialists perform minimally invasive robotic colorectal cancer procedures throughout the Houston area, allowing many patients to receive care in their communities. Our experts are among the best nationwide in treating colon and rectal cancer.

With our approach to treatment you will experience less pain and fewer complications, so you can recover more quickly, even if you previously have had surgery. Our specialists developed an opioid-sparing protocol using nerve blocks to enhance recovery and reduce complications opioids can cause.

 

In more advanced cases, our experts perform reconstructive procedures to spare tissue and preserve function and quality of life by avoiding colostomies whenever possible.

 

Specialists, including gastroenterologists, surgeons and radiation oncologists and doctors, collaborate to ensure each patient receives exceptional and personalized care. Our radiation oncologists will sculpt your treatment to shrink your tumor, as well as protect your bones and healthy organs, to improve your outcome.

 

Houston Methodist also is among few hospitals nationwide to offer blood conservation techniques, or so-called bloodless surgery, to patients who, for personal, religious or medical reasons, want to avoid blood transfusions during surgery. We perform some of the most complicated procedures, including colorectal surgery, without using donated blood.

 

Treatment & Surgery

  • Surgery
  • Polypectomy – passing a wire loop through a colonoscope, a long tube with a camera on the end, to cut the polyp from the colon wall
  • Colectomy – removing the diseased area of the colon, as well as some healthy tissue, then reconnecting parts of the colon. This surgery also is known as a hemicolectomy or partial colectomy
  • Minimally invasive procedures:
    • Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) – using suction, a growth is removed after saline (saltwater) is injected in a needle placed in the colon wall to make a bubble under the growth
    • Endoluminal stent placement – expanding metal stents are inserted to relieve a bowel obstruction
  • Radiation therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Targeted therapy – drugs that stop cancer growth by interfering with certain proteins and receptors or blood vessels that supply the tumor with fuel to grow