Medical Update: Advancements in treating colon cancer
Jun 27, 2013 at 7:28 PM CST
Jun 27, 2013
New types of medication in the treatment of colon cancer are helping more and more people beat the disease. "The colon is exposed to all the toxins, all the oxidants that we eat." Over time this exposure to toxins causes changes, which can lead to cancer. Early screening is recommended because the best way to beat cancer is to start early. "Colon cancer, if we attack it before it's cancer, it's curable." Doctor Soriano says the type of care for each patient depends on the stage of his or her cancer. "If Cancer is just starting, it's earliest stage, stage 1, stage 2, stage 3 we will still try to cure our patient." "The goal of treatment in patients with stage 4 colon cancer is to improve survival and quality of life." He says the treatment plan for each individual patient is different. "It's a combination between surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, and the use of biological agents that we now have available." These new medications aren't as harsh on the body and spare the patient from some of the side effects. "With the new advances in biology now we have developed different kinds of agents that they attack the cancer itself, they are called targeted therapies because they basically go against the changes of the cancer cell and they spare the body from some of the toxicity." Doctor Soriano says the advancements are helping cure colon cancer and helping patients live a better life. "We are able to target those areas of the cell and besides the chemotherapy, we are achieving better responses, and patients are living longer, and are doing better, and we are doing all these things in Laredo." Next week we continue our series on Men's Health Awareness month, by taking a look at another common condition that men face, sleep apnea.