Treating Colon Cancer

At Scott & White, You're Treated as a Person, Not a Diagnosis
Our Tumor Board Sets Us Apart

As a colon cancer patient at Scott & White, in addition to having a highly experienced Integrated Care Team, you'll also benefit from the expertise of the Scott & White Tumor Board.

Led by senior staff, our multidisciplinary board consists of colon cancer experts who discuss available approaches to care and formulate patient-specific treatment plans. This collaborative treatment planning helps ensure you receive the highest quality, individualized care.

With screening, early detection and the experience and skill of the colorectal surgeons at Scott & White, the outlook for recovery from colon cancer is excellent.

As a high-volume colorectal cancer center, Scott & White's colorectal surgeons perform hundreds of operations a year. Each surgeon has completed specialty training in colorectal surgery with a focus on colon and rectal cancers. And our colorectal surgeons are at the forefront of minimally invasive surgery, applying leading-edge techniques for treating colon cancer.

As a Scott & White patient, you'll also benefit from having a multidisciplinary team — your Integrated Care Team — working together to provide you with the best care possible at all stages of your cancer treatment.

The integrated care at Scott & White improves the patient experience and facilitates patient care. You’ll get comprehensive colon cancer care from the moment of your first screening to your diagnosis and treatment, and through surveillance and follow up. All this is done with a multidisciplinary approach to improve your care and outcome.

Harry T. Papaconstantinou, MD, Chief of Colorectal Surgery

The members of your Integrated Care Team bring together the collective skill and expertise from all the specialties and subspecialties involved in your care, which can include:

Integrated Care Team members receive training in the most up-to-date surgical, radiation and medical therapies. And because Scott & White is a research institute and a teaching hospital, our oncologists can offer you the most current treatments available.

Collaborative Care and Expertise Help Ensure the Best Outcome for You

Sophisticated cancer care takes teamwork. That's why Scott & White promotes a collaborative environment.

Your Integrated Care Team will meet to discuss your specific needs and determine the best treatment options for you to consider. Then your lead physician will talk with you and, if you'd like, your family, about the team’s recommendations.

Together, you and your physician will decide which treatment choice is best for you.

Throughout your treatment, your physicians will continue to meet regularly to discuss your care. This ongoing, close collaboration helps ensure the best outcome for you.

Following active treatment, the cancer team will work with you to create the most appropriate follow-up care plan.

Your Treatment Options

At Scott & White, we explore every treatment option, considering surgical and nonsurgical alternatives. In many cases, your cancer treatment will include a combination of approaches. Treatment options include:

Factors That Impact Your Treatment Options

Your treatment options for colon cancer generally depend on these factors:

  • Size, stage and location of tumor
  • Whether your cancer has spread
  • Your age
  • Your overall health status
  • Your personal preference

When I see patients, they do tend to have a lot of questions, a lot of unanswered questions at that point, and so the first appointment tends to be a fairly extensive appointment, at which time we talk about the disease, the disease process, what to expect, and what we can do to help them.

Christal Murray, MD, Hematology/Oncology–Round Rock

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