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.


We also offer hyperthermic (heated) intraoperative peritoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC), also known as hot chemotherapy, an innovative chemotherapy treatment for patients with cancer that has spread to the abdominal cavity lining. Houston Methodist recruits the most highly trained specialists in the nation, including one of Houston’s few HIPEC experts, Ashley Holder, MD. Our surgeons are dedicated to providing each patient the latest treatments and best possible care.


And, we are 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. Our specialists 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
    • Hyperthermic (heated) intraoperative peritoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) – hot chemotherapy used to treat cancers that spread to the abdominal cavity lining, such as those of the appendix, colon, stomach and ovaries. HIPEC directly delivers chemotherapy into the abdomen while in the operating room after tumors have been removed 
  • 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

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