Laparoscopic Colon Surgery Means Faster Recovery for Some Cancer Patients
If colorectal cancer is found through screening, surgery is quickly scheduled to remove the tumor. The standard open surgery could take a full week of hospitalization, but a less invasive procedure with quicker recovery is a newer option for many patients.Posted — Updated
Iris Senzig, 58, said that she put off colorectal cancer screening longer than she should have, because she didn't feel any symptoms of a problem. Colorectal cancer typically doesn't present symptoms until it's in an advanced stge. When Iris had the recommended colonoscopy, they found a carcinoid tumor.
"It leads to less pain, less damage to the abdominal wall, fewer wound complications, more rapid return to normal activities and getting back to work sooner," said Paschal.
He said the laparoscopic approach is an option only for patients in early-stage cancer. It's one of the benefits of early detection through screening.
Senzig's prognosis might not have been as good and her hospitalization and recovery would have taken much longer.
"I was back to work in two and a half weeks. I had much less pain than I thought it would be," said Senzig.
Men and women of average risk for colorectal cancer should begin screening at age 50. Blacks are considered at higher risk, so it is recommended that they be screened by age 45.
A family history of colorectal cancer is another risk factor. If you have a close relative who's had colorectal cancer, it is recommended that you seek screening at least 10 years earlier than your relative was diagnosed.
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