Colon cancer program in Reston, Virginia
Reston Hospital Center offers a full range of services related to the diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care of colorectal cancers. Our cancer team is with you every step of the way throughout your journey to recovery.
For more information about our colorectal cancer program, please call (877) 689-3627.
Colonoscopy in Reston, Virginia
Colon cancer is one of the most common and preventable types of cancer in men and women. If detected early, colon cancer is 90 to 95 percent treatable. However, it commonly occurs without symptoms in its early stages.
Reston Hospital provides screening colonoscopies, which can detect colorectal cancers in their earliest stages for improved survival rates, especially for patients 50 years old and older.
What happens during a colonoscopy?
During a colonoscopy, a doctor uses a lighted, flexible scope with a tiny camera inside that can view the entire length of the colon. This allows the doctor to see any signs of trouble that may be developing. If polyps are discovered, they can be removed immediately with another tiny instrument inside the scope. The entire procedure usually takes less than half an hour. Patients are given a moderate sedative, and because of advances in technology, the procedure is generally painless.
Screening at earlier ages may be recommended if you have a family member who has been diagnosed with colon cancer.
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Colorectal cancer treatment
Reston Hospital offers a range of colorectal cancer treatments. While colonoscopy is an effective diagnostic technique, the procedure may also be performed remove polyps.
If additional surgery is needed, our highly skilled and experienced surgeons use the latest in minimally invasive procedures, including laparoscopy and robotic surgery, to remove colorectal cancers and reconnect intestinal tissue.
Chemotherapy may also be an option for follow-up care, especially if lymph nodes are involved.