Newer procedures at an area hospital could mean a quicker and easier recovery for patients with a deadly cancer.
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer, but it's highly preventable, if you get the screening recommended when you turn 50 and then periodically after that. But only half of American adults do that.
Maybe they're afraid of what could happen to them, if doctors find evidence of colorectal cancer. But colonoscopy can find and remove polyps before they become cancerous or in the very early stages.
If you do end up needing surgery for colorectal cancer, many times it can be done through small incisions and you can avoid even a temporary colostomy
Colorectal Surgeon Dr. Timothy O'Donnel said "we've been doing some innovative things at Conemaugh Health System where we're actually working on stenting obstructive colon tumors and trying to eliminate the need for that temporary colostomy."
According to Dr O'Donnell, a majority of patients can have their intestinal tract put back together without any problems.