You’ll be referred after your recovery from colon cancer surgery to WellStar’s medical oncology team for treatment, surveillance and survivorship programs. These comprehensive programs focus on diet, exercise and nutrition to help you reduce the risk of recurrence. In addition, WellStar Health Place has special exercise programs specifically for patients diagnosed with colon cancer.
The goal of colon cancer adjuvant chemotherapy is to reduce the risk of cancer recurrence, using drugs with a specific dose and frequency to destroy microscopic cancer cells. Chemotherapy is also administered to improve symptoms and survival to patients when the cancer has spread through the body.
Radiation therapy uses powerful energy sources, such as X-rays, to kill cancer cells. Radiation therapy is used in some rectal cancer patients both before and after surgery to prevent local recurrence of cancer.
WellStar offers caring and compassionate hospice care for patients and their families in one of Georgia’s oldest hospice programs serving Bartow, Cherokee, Cobb, Douglas and Paulding counties. Our certified palliative care physicians and certified registered nurses are dedicated to providing compassionate, quality care in various settings, including home hospice, inpatient hospice nursing homes, assisted living facilities and nursing homes.