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Key Phone Numbers

  • Medical Center Operator

  • 201-833-3000

  • Physician Referral Service

  • 877-HOLY-NAME (465-9626)

  • Patient Information

  • 201-833-3300

  • Foundation (Donations)

  • 201-833-3187

  • Human Resources

  • 201-833-7040

  • Medical Staff Office

  • 201-833-3352

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For general questions or comments, email info@holyname.org


For More Information:

201-541-5900
201-541-6305

Diagnosis & Treatment

Diagnosis

  • Colonoscopy. Based on data that shows an increase in colon cancer at earlier ages, the American Cancer Society recommends colonoscopy screening begin at age 45 for people at average risk for the disease. Earlier screening provides an opportunity to detect cancer when it is in a more curable stage and allows for prevention by removing pre-malignant lesions or polyps at the time of the procedure.
  • Fecal occult blood testing
  • Fecal immunochemical testing
  • CT colonography (virtual colonoscopy)
  • CT scan
  • MRI
  • Biopsy
  • Blood test - CEA

Treatment

Treatment options depend on the stage of the disease but surgery is almost always part of the overall plan. The surgery, which can often be done with minimally invasive techniques, involves removing the part of the colon with cancer and the surrounding lymph nodes and then putting the ends of the colon back together. Only rarely will a patient require a colostomy - a bag on the outside of the body to collect waste.

Depending on the stage of the cancer, chemotherapy is sometimes required. If the cancer is very advanced, surgery can often be avoided and chemotherapy is then used to prevent the progression of the disease.