Some Things Can Wait, Colorectal Cancer Doesn’t (UF Health Blog)

Some Things Can Wait, Colorectal Cancer Doesn’t

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the U.S., and second-leading cause of death, taking 50,000 lives each year. However, thanks to years of raising awareness and education, there are currently over 1 million colorectal cancer survivors alive in the U.S.

Luckily, when detected early, colorectal cancer is highly treatable. Most commonly, treatment includes some form of surgery. Early-stage colorectal cancer typically only requires a minimally invasive approach. But as the cancer advances, so does the complexity of the treatment. For serious cases, chemotherapy and radiation may be necessary.

Sanda Tan, M.D., Ph.D., a UF Health colorectal surgeon, has watched UF Health’s Gastrointestinal Oncology Center develop with a strong team of fellowship-trained specialists.

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