Colorectal Cancer Treatment & Surgery
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Houston Methodist’s specialists are among the best nationwide in treating colon and rectal cancer.
We perform minimally invasive robotic colorectal cancer procedures throughout the Houston area, allowing many patients to receive care in their communities.
Expertise Treating Colorectal Cancer
Houston Methodist recruits the most highly trained specialists in the nation, and our surgeons are dedicated to providing each patient the latest treatments and best possible care.
If surgery is needed, our experts use minimally invasive and robotic surgical techniques whenever possible. These advanced procedures can result in less pain and fewer complications, so you recover more quickly. Our specialists also 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), an innovative chemotherapy treatment for patients with cancer that has spread to the abdominal cavity lining.
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.
Colorectal Cancer Treatments We Offer
Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR)
Chemotherapy for Colorectal Cancer
Reconstructive Surgery During Colorectal Cancer Surgery
Other Colorectal Cancer Treatments We Offer
- Radiation therapy – may be used before surgery for rectal cancer
- Endoluminal stent placement – expanding metal stents are inserted to relieve a bowel obstruction as either a method of palliative care or as a bridge to surgery
- 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