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Because most patients with colorectal polyps or cancer do not have any symptoms, it is important to be screened regularly. There are several ways to screen for colorectal cancer for patients at average risk, including:
Colonoscopy is the gold standard, and the recommended method for screening for colorectal polyps, is a colonoscopy. Performed in the hospital as an outpatient procedure, a colonoscopy involves using a flexible tube to transmit images of the inside of the colon. During a colonoscopy procedure, the patient is placed under general anesthesia, so most patients do not feel any discomfort during or after the procedure. Patients often report that the most difficult part of the process is the bowel preparation, which involves taking laxatives the day before to clean out the patient’s bowels.
One important benefit of a colonoscopy is that a polyp can be removed as soon as it is found, during the procedure. The objective is to prevent the polyp from potentially developing into colorectal cancer in the future. Where cancer is identified, interventional endoscopists and fellowship-trained colorectal surgeons of the Colorectal Cancer Screening Program offer the latest interventional technology, including minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery. Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is a leader in robotically-assisted colon surgery, which allows physicians better dexterity during the operation and greatly reduces patient recovery time.
The Colorectal Cancer Screening Program’s multidisciplinary team of caregivers includes highly specialized physicians with dedicated training and experience in performing advanced diagnostic and therapeutic procedures that target colorectal cancer. The Colorectal Cancer Screening Program’s team includes: