Tampa General Hospital Treats All Types of Colorectal Cancer
There are several types of colorectal cancer, each of which can be distinguished by their location within the bowels and by the types of cells in which they develop. As the name suggests, colorectal cancer is a broad term that refers to all cancers of the colon and rectum. Of all these malignancies, the most common are adenocarcinomas, tumors that begin in the cells that produce mucus and fluids in the large intestine. This specific diagnosis accounts for more than 90 percent of all colorectal cancers, although there are also rarer types of colorectal cancers that begin in other types of cells.
Other, less common cancers that occur in the colon and rectum include:
- Carcinoid tumors that originate in the specialized hormone-producing cells found in the large intestine
- Gastrointestinal stromal tumors, or GISTs, that begin in special cells that regulate the digestion of food
- Lymphomas that start in the lymphocytes and can spread to other areas of the body, including the bowels, by traveling through the lymphatic system
- Sarcomas that originate in the blood vessels, muscles, or other connective tissues
At Tampa General Hospital, our experienced team of physicians, surgeons, and other medical professionals can evaluate and treat all types of colorectal cancers. We use a team approach to detect colorectal cancer, determine its stage of progression, and destroy or remove as many of cancerous cells as possible. In many cases, our surgeons utilize minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotically assisted surgical techniques during these procedures, helping to minimize post-operative side effects while improving the overall outcomes for our patients. Plus, we remove more colorectal cancer tumors than any other hospital in west central Florida, so our team has a high level of practical experience.
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