Colon Cancer

Boise - Caldwell

Colon cancer is a condition that affects 4.3% of American men and 4% of American women. This cancer is found at the end of the digestive tract. If you have been diagnosed with this disease, you may be wondering about your treatment options. That's just one of the things we're talking about today. 

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Colon Cancer?

Among the signs and symptoms of colon cancer are:

  • Fatigue
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Weakness
  • Bloody stool
  • Chronic gastrointestinal distress
  • Lasting bowel habit changes, such as regularity and consistency
  • Feeling like you can't completely empty your bowels

What Are the Different Types of Colon Cancer?

Colorectal adenocarcinoma is the most common type of colon cancer, representing 95% of all colorectal cancer diagnoses. That said, there are two other types of adenocarcinoma:

  • signet ring cell adenocarcinoma
  • mucinous adenocarcinoma

Additionally, there are different types of colon cancer, including:

  • Gastrointestinal carcinoid tumors
  • Primary colorectal lymphomas
  • Melanomas
  • Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs)
  • Leiomyosarcomas
What Are the Different Types of Colon Cancer?

What Treatment is Recommended for Colon Cancer?

If you have early-stage colon cancer, you can be treated with laparoscopic (minimally invasive) surgery. This procedure can remove polyps that can't be removed with a colonoscopy, and the recovery after this procedure is minimal. If you have more advanced colon cancer, partial colectomy by a general surgeon may be advised.

What Happens During Colon Cancer Surgery?

During laparoscopic colon cancer surgery, multiple tiny incisions are made in the abdominal wall. Through these incisions, small tools with cameras attached are used to remove polyps. Dr. Daniel Gay performs most of these procedures via robotic surgery.

What Is the Recovery Like After Colon Cancer Surgery?

As noted above, recovery following laparoscopic colon cancer surgery. You may feel unusually tired for a few days after your procedure, but you will most likely be back to work within a week. If you have a labor-intensive job, you may need to take a few extra days off work. While recovering, you should refrain from:

  • Cigarettes
  • Alcohol
  • Intense exercise
  • Excessive heat and sweating

You may shower one to two days following your procedure. That said, you should pat your tiny incisions dry rather than rubbing them dry. Do not take a bath within the first two weeks of colon cancer surgery.

Be advised, in well over 60% of cases, colon cancer does not recur following surgery. That being said, you can make lifestyle changes to mitigate your personal risk of recurrence.

What Happens During Colon Cancer Surgery?

Why Choose Dr. Daniel Gay for Colon Cancer Surgery?

You should choose Dr. Daniel Gay for colon cancer surgery because he is caring, compassionate, and qualified. He is a Board Certified surgeon who treats every client with integrity and a servant attitude. He will take the time to understand your preferences and needs when tailoring your ideal colon cancer treatment.

Schedule Your Initial Consultation Today

Colon cancer is a severe disease, but it can be treated. To learn more about colon cancer surgery, don't hesitate to contact Daniel Gay today. Schedule your initial colon cancer surgery consultation with Dr. Daniel Gay.

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Patient Testimonials

chris brooksby
I can’t say enough good things about Dr. Gay and his whole team, everyone I dealt with was very friendly and took lots of time to explain everything and make me feel comfortable with the procedure that I had scheduled. Additionally Dr. Gay spent a lot of time going over how the surgery had gone with me on my follow up appointment-I never felt like he was trying to say a few things then push me out the door so he could move on to the next patient as I have felt in other doctors offices in the past. That all being said I can’t recommend Dr. Gay and his team enough, they are fantastic! I hope I never need their services again, but if I do I know I’ll be in good hands.
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Dan Rueb
Dr. Daniel Gay is a likeable, friendly surgeon who took his time with me to answer my questions in a patient, thorough manner, explaining my options, & who offered his surgical services at the Nampa St. Luke's Hospital. I highly recommend him.
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Kelly Dawson
10 out of 10!!!! Dr. Gay and Sarah are such a beautiful blessing. I had been having intense symptoms of suspected gallbladder issues for months, but all testing was coming back normal. Because tests were coming back normal, my PCP couldn't get a surgeon to even talk to me. On month 3, she finally reached out to Dr. Gay who was graciously open to having a discussion with me and got me in quickly. He spent so much time explaining things to me & my husband in so much detail. I could immediately tell he genuinely cares for his patients, his practice, and the level of care that is provided. His standards of excellence are high. It felt so good to finally be heard. I had been suffering 4 months of intense gallbladder attacks 1-2 times a week with 2 ER visits. It was completely debilitating. After completing additional testing (which all came back normal), and my attacks becoming more intense and frequent, Dr. Gay agreed to proceed with removing my gallbladder. During the removal he found TWO gallstones that were causing the issue. It was amazing how quickly I started to feel human again. Sarah is an incredibly reliable and personable MA who took care of all my FMLA paperwork like a champ. I didn’t have to worry about a thing. Dr. Gay is such an amazing doctor (a wonderful human) and so down to earth that I felt comfortable with him right away. I have so much gratitude that he was my surgeon. You're doing great work Doc ... keep it up.
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Emily Richcreek
Appreciative of the office and staff, as well as Dr. Daniel Gay himself. Dr. Gay took time to listen and trust me as a patient and that what I was going through was legitimate. Between normal labs, scans, and tests, Dr. Gay took the time to trust what I was feeling and made an important medical decision; which greatly improved my health. In doing so I’m now pain free and feeling amazing. To the office and Dr. Gay himself, thank you for listening and thank you for the wonderful care you provided me. Also this office is amazing with children! Had my pre-k shadow tripping at my feet the whole time. They did amazing keeping him occupied and loaded on suckers. They’re all amazing.
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Glenn Mabey
Did a fine job
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Stewart Galbraith
Referred to Dr. Gay for bilateral inguinal hernia surgery. He explained the procedure well, and the follow-up appointment was also informative. Recovery has gone well, with no complications. Overall, I am very pleased with his service.
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Byl Kravetz
Start to finish, Dr. Gay and his staff were friendly and efficient. All of my questions were answered and the procedure went as smoothly as a procedure can go. Highly recommend their services.
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Dan Cunningham
I couldn’t ask for a better experience than with Dr Gay. Very happy. Not only a good surgeon but takes the time to get to know you. Very please
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