Colorectal Cancer


Colorectal cancer starts in either the colon or the rectum and, in most cases, develops slowly over many years. Most start as a polyp—a growth of tissue that starts in the lining and grows into the center of the colon or rectum. A type of polyp known as an adenoma can become colon cancer.

More than 95 percent of colorectal cancers are adenocarcinomas that come from such polyps. Removing a polyp early can stop it from becoming cancerous.

Colon Cancer Treatment: Why Choose Dignity Health

Dignity Health's Greater Sacramento-area hospitals offer the latest robotic surgery treatment options for colorectal cancer. The da Vinci® Surgical System provides patients with a minimally invasive treatment option for complex colon cancer and other colorectal conditions. The benefits of robotic-assisted surgery for patients include:

  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Faster recovery time
  • Documented excellent clinical outcomes for cancer control

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