Preventing a Recurrence after Colon Cancer Surgery

How can you prevent a recurrence after colon cancer surgery?

Recurrence after Colon Cancer SurgeryThe last thing a cancer patient wants is to experience a recurrence after colon cancer surgery. There are things doctors can do that will reduce the risk of colon cancer recurrence. Patients should use every tool at their disposal to avoid it. Dr. Mark Gimbel discusses a few of these life-saving procedures in this short video. Learn everything you can about your disease and it’s treatment. An informed patient is more likely to make good treatment decisions. There are things you can do to help lower your risk of recurrence after colon cancer surgery, too.

To learn more about recurrence prevention watch “Lowering the Risk of Recurrence after Chemotherapy” with Dr. Christopher Lieu.

Video Transcripts

Mark Gimbel, MD: Once you have had your colon cancer removed and you are in the recovery phase, the next question is become how I do keep this away. I don’t want this to come back. Depending on the size of the cancer or how deep into the colon has grown, you may be a candidate for getting chemotherapy in what’s called the adjuvant setting or the post-surgical setting. The reason why chemotherapy is given is because the data has shown that chemotherapy reduces the risk of recurrence in colon cancer in the local area that it was just removed.

If your tumor is at least a stage if we talked about a T stage in terms of how thick into the colon it grows, a T3 or almost through the colon wall, then chemotherapy will be indicated to help reduce the risk of recurrence. Other ways to help reduce the risk is after surgery you want to have a colonoscopy within a year to make sure there is no further polyps within your colon that need to be treated.

Mark Gimbel
Dr.Gimbel graduated from the University of Maryland, and then had an internship at the University of Florida, Jacksonville and residencies at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. He spent two years doing a surgical residency fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center New York and completed a surgical oncology fellowship at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla.


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