Colon Cancer

Vincent Rovito, MD, FACP

Gastroenterologist located in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY

More than 97,000 new cases of colon cancer are diagnosed every year in the United States. At his Brooklyn practice in New York City, board-certified gastroenterologist Vincent Rovito, MD, FACP, encourages routine colon cancer screenings to identify cancer early and increase your chances of successful treatment. From your initial diagnosis to providing advanced treatment options, Dr. Rovito can help you effectively manage cancer of the colon and offers his support every step of the way. Find out more about available treatment options for colon cancer by calling Dr. Rovito’s office or using online booking to schedule an appointment.

Colon Cancer Q & A

What are the symptoms of colon cancer?

As its name implies, colon cancer affects your colon or large intestine. Common symptoms of this type of cancer include:

  • Stomach pain
  • Frequent gas
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Blood in your stool
  • Black or tarry stools

You may also experience chronic fatigue and develop low iron levels, a condition known as iron deficiency anemia.

Because the symptoms of colon cancer can mimic other conditions, it’s important to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Rovito as soon as possible. If your symptoms persist for longer than a week or interfere with your ability to work or stay active, don’t delay in getting a diagnosis.

How is colon cancer diagnosed?

If Dr. Rovito suspects your symptoms may be related to cancer, or there is a history of cancer in your family, he may recommend a colonoscopy.

During a colonoscopy, Dr. Rovito detects any cancer cells that are growing in the large intestine and performs a biopsy if necessary to remove tissue from your intestine for further testing.

If a biopsy confirms cancer, Dr. Rovito may recommend additional testing to determine whether cancer has spread and its stage. He uses imaging tests, including CT scans, MRIs, or X-rays, to determine the phase of the cancer.

What treatment options are available for colon cancer?

Dr. Rovito creates a treatment plan based on the stage of your cancer. In the early stages, he may recommend surgery to remove cancerous tissue. You may also need chemotherapy treatment to destroy cancer cells and prevent them from spreading to other areas of your body.

If your cancer is advanced, Dr. Rovito may recommend surgery to remove part of your colon and surrounding tissue. He reconnects the ends of your colon to ensure you have regular bowel movements.

In the event this reconnection isn’t possible, Dr. Rovito may need to create an opening known as an ostomy or colostomy on your abdomen or abdominal wall. You need to wear a bag over this opening to collect fecal waste in the months following surgery. However, the need for a bag may be temporary if Dr. Rovito feels he can reconnect the ends of your colon after they have time to heal.

If you have a history of colon cancer in your family or have concerns about your symptoms, schedule a consultation with Dr. Rovito by calling the office directly or booking an appointment online today.