BBC Surgeon to Speak on Minimally Invasive Colon Cancer Treatment

April 22, 2013

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States.  The disease surpasses both breast and prostate cancer in mortality, and second only to lung cancer in numbers of cancer deaths.  Colon cancer is a malignant tumor in the lining of the large intestine.  It starts with a single cell that mutates and grows into a visible polyp, which then may develop into cancer.

Dr. Sridhar Chalasani, colorectal surgeon at Bronson Battle Creek Bronson and the Center for Colon & Rectal Diseases will speak on Wednesday, May 8 at the Hampton Inn Coldwater, 391 N. Willowbrook Rd., in Coldwater about ‘Minimally Invasive Treatments for Colon Cancer.’  The goal of this educational program is to increasing awareness that colorectal cancer is largely preventable, treatable, and beatable.  

Dr. Chalasani’s presentation begins at 5:30 p.m. Seating is limited.  For reservations call toll free 1-877-462-2247.

“Even though colorectal cancer is highly preventable, it is estimated that more than 50,000 people will die of the illness this year,” says Dr. Chalasani.  “It’s also one of the most easily prevented cancers because it can develop from polyps that can be removed before they become cancerous.  Because many people are embarrassed to talk about this disease, there are many myths about colorectal cancer that need to be refuted.  An almost equal number of men and women are diagnosed each year.”

Physicians agree that if a polyp is allowed to remain in the colon it can grow into a cancerous tumor that can invade other organs.  Since polyps take several years to become cancerous, prevention means stopping this process by removing them before they become malignant.  Found in the early stage of becoming cancerous, surgery, sometimes in conjunction with radiation and chemotherapy, can address the cancer before it can spread.  

Research shows that early detection is the real key to preventing and eliminating colorectal cancer.  Regular screenings, a more healthy diet, and regular exercise can go a long way toward lowering your risk of colorectal cancer.

In addition to preventative health measures Dr. Chalasani will review the daVinci® surgical robotic applications in colon surgery and transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEMS).  Bronson Battle Creek is the only hospital in the south central and southwest Michigan regions that offers the TEMS procedure as a minimally invasive option for rectal cancer.

Bronson Center for Colon & Rectal Diseases is accepting new patients at their practice locations in Battle Creek at 3770 Capital Avenue SW, Suite A; in Kalamazoo at 601 John Street, Suite M-455; and in Marshall at 111 S. Hamilton Street. 

For an appointment or questions call (269) 441-1771.

Bronson Battle Creek is a 218-bed hospital that provides full outpatient and inpatient acute care including robotic surgery, diagnostics, and rehabilitation services; 100% all private rooms.  It also offers world-class diagnostic capabilities including PET/CT imaging, freestanding ‘open’ and traditional MRI, CT (16- and 64-slice), and 3.0 Tesla MRI.  Bronson Battle Creek has been recognized nationally as one of the safest hospitals, and has been a leader in the development of electronic health records as evidenced by multiple honors as one of America’s ‘most wired’ and ‘most wireless’ hospitals. The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons recognizes the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program, and the only hospital in Michigan to receive the CoC’s Outstanding Achievement Award three times in a row. Specialty services include inpatient behavioral health, the county’s largest accredited sleep center, and a wound-healing center with hyperbaric oxygen therapy.  For nine years, Bronson Healthcare has been included on Working Mother magazine’s 100 Best Companies list as a leading family friendly employer.