Excerpts from a chat on colon cancer

Jose (Chicago, Illinois) – 12:40 PM:
Is surgery the only way to cure colon cancer?

Dr. Manoj Mehta
Well, the transition from polyp to cancer is a gradual one, so we do sometimes see what we call “cancerous polyps”. They are on the edge between a polyp and an invasive cancer. By removing these polyps, we have cured the patient of that cancer. So at this stage, it can be accomplished through colonoscopy. Even surgically, cancers can often be removed laparoscopically through a few small incisions. The key is finding a surgeon experienced in laparoscopy. We have several at NorthShore University.

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