Colon Cancer in Indianapolis, IN

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Your colon is the last portion of your digestive tract where your body extracts fluid and salt from your stool. Colorectal cancer presents itself when cancerous growths evolve in the colon. The tumors begin as mild, harmless growths named polyps. Polyps are tiny clumps of cells that can ultimately transform into colon tumors. Colorectal cancer is increasingly common in mature adults and is the second-leading general cancer found in both genders combined.

It is imperative to receive a colonoscopy starting at age 45 and then as suggested by your gastroenterologist. To book a colorectal cancer screening in Indianapolis, IN, call Indianapolis Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

By catching signs of colon cancer early and giving the condition the appropriate care and consideration, we hope to help you achieve a more favorable health outcome. If you are having any of these signs persistently, please book an appointment with an Indianapolis, IN GI physician as soon as possible:

  • Persistent intestinal discomfort, like cramps, gas, or pain
  • A sensation that your bowel does not clear completely
  • Constant urges to have a bowel movement
  • Pain throughout bowel movements
  • A abrupt change in bowel habits, including obstruction, diarrhea, or a change in the consistency of your feces
  • Bloody stool
  • Any of this list coupled with weakness and fatigue

Some of the factors that could position a person at higher risk for colon cancer are:

  • Age: Colorectal cancer is usually discovered in individuals who are more than 50; however, the rates of colorectal cancer in young individuals have been increasing.
  • Heritage: African American individuals are at greater risk of colorectal cancer compared to other races, but it may develop in people of any descent.
  • Family history: If you or a family member has had colon and rectal cancer or colon polyps, you possess a higher risk of colon cancer.
  • Inflammatory intestinal ailments: Persistent conditions, including Crohn's disease and colitis, can expand your risk of colorectal cancer.
  • "Typical Western Diet": Colon cancer has been connected with a decreased fiber, high-fat, and high-calorie way of eating.

Survival rates for colon cancer are split into groups based on the degree to which the cancer has progressed. Limited colon cancer is cancer that is purely in the colon. Regional colon cancer is when the cancer transfers to the surrounding cells and organs, and distant is when the condition has dispersed to faraway sections of the body.

  • Localized colon cancer: 90% 5-year survival rate
  • Regional colon cancer: 71% 5-year survival rate
  • Distant colon cancer: 14% 5-year survival rate

If the disease is diagnosed early and purely manifests in minimal malignant tumors, then the growths can be removed, greatly enhancing survival rates.

We advise having a colonoscopy when you turn 45 and as recommended afterward in order to detect cancer early. If colon cancer runs in your family, then we urge you to have a screening for colon cancer at Indianapolis Gastroenterology and Hepatology immediately.

Therapy for colorectal cancer in Indianapolis, IN patients will differ based on how much the cancer has advanced. Every case is different, but the best way to "treat" colon cancer is to stop it before it starts with proactive care.


Colon cancer is a special type of cancer because it is preventable. Colon cancer first appears in the form of tumors. These polyps can be eliminated, which diminishes your danger of passing away from cancer by 90%. Your individual danger and prevention steps can be discussed at a colorectal cancer exam with your gastroenterologist.

Stage 0 Colon Cancer Treatment

Stage 0 colorectal cancer is when the colorectal cancer has not moved beyond the inward lining of the colon. If the tumor is tiny enough, it can be freely removed with the use of a colonoscope while undergoing a colonoscopy.

Stage I Colon Cancer Treatment

If the growth is entirely removed while doing a colonoscopy with no cancerous tissues at the margins, no further intervention may be required. If the extracted polyp does possess cancerous cells at the edges, more extraction could be needed to withdraw the remaining cancerous cells. For cancers not in a polyp, a partial colectomy may be needed to withdraw the segment of the colon and close-by lymph nodes that are cancerous.

Stage II Colon Cancer Treatment

Commonly, in stage 2, surgery is performed to withdraw the piece of the colon or nearby lymph nodes retaining cancer. Sometimes, your doctor will endorse adjuvant chemotherapy (chemo after surgery) in addition.

Stage III Colon Cancer Treatment

A partial colectomy followed by adjuvant chemotherapy is the regular treatment for this type of colon cancer.

Stage IV Colon Cancer Treatment

This phase of the condition normally means that the cancer has spread to different tissues or body parts. Surgery may be necessary to extract parts of the cancer established in the colon and different organs, along with chemotherapy. Chemotherapy at this stage is commonly administered prior to and after surgery.

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If you have been diagnosed with colon cancer or think you have it, rest assured that there are skilled physicians nearby who are ready to help you. Indianapolis Gastroenterology and Hepatology is a physician-led group of gastroenterologists, and every one of our board-certified specialists plans to place the reassurance and protection of our clients before everything else. To learn more about colon cancer and how it may be diagnosed and prevented, or to get treatment for colorectal cancer in Indianapolis, IN, please get in touch with our team today.

This was my first colonoscopy at age 47. I was going to wait until 50 until I had a hospice patient of mine pass from colon cancer at 50 a few months ago. I promised her I would not wait. The entire staff was amazing from the waiting room to recovery and made it clear as to what would be taking place. The anesthesiologist, Dr. Hall prayed with me and Dr. Haynes explained the procedure thoroughly. I highly recommend this group.

A.H. Google

I found Dr. Haynes to be a caring and personable physician. He spent actual time with me discussing my issues, and wasted no time with testing. His care probably saved me from colon cancer . Highly recommend.

J.R. Google

Dr. Andrew Crane is a wonderful dr he listens to his patients. He truly cares about his pts and his staff.

S.H. Google

From the moment I walked through the doors at St. Frances and entered the GI office I was warmly greeted by the front desk receptionist. From my admitting nurse, my anestheologist and my post op nurse they were are extremely knowledgeable and friendly. My highest praise goes to Dr. Cheng though. I lost my father to colon cancer in 2017'. He was only 73 and passed 3 months after his colonoscopy which revealed a malignant mass in his lower colon. I was with my father when he had his colonoscopy and the doctor found the mass. I have struggled emotionally ever since. I am 45, having my very first colonoscopy during Covid and my family was not permitted to be in the office. I completely and totally understand but nevertheless it was a hard decision to follow through. Ultimately I proceeded with my procedure and upon my very first encounter with Dr. Cheng he treated me with compassion, sympathy over the untimely passing of my father but most importantly he made sure to reiterate that he was glad I decided to have my colonoscopy as it was a great way to honor my father. He consoled me as I wept and assured me I was in good hands and that they would take great care of me. I can honestly say over my life span I have had several surgeries and procedures but this was by far my best experience and procedure I have ever done. I am so very grateful I decided to keep my appointment and follow through. Hands down I highly recommend Dr. Cheng for not only his knowledge and compassion but for his bedside manner. Since my colonoscopy I have done nothing else but sing his praises as well as the staff at his office! Fantastic experience even though it was 2020' and Covid restrictions were in place. Best of luck to you and your loved ones and I hope your experience was as great as mine!

D.H. Google

Outstanding service provided by Dr. Morelli & his entire staff- thank you!!!

J.G. Google


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