Colon and rectal cancer care in Nashville, Tennessee

At TriStar Health, our family of hospitals offers a wide range of services dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of colorectal cancer (often referred to as 'colon cancer' or 'colon and rectal cancer') in Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky. We are committed to helping you and your family through each step of your cancer journey.

To learn more about our colorectal cancer care services, please call askSARAH at (615) 514-2401.

Colorectal cancer diagnosis

If you are being evaluated for colorectal cancer, your doctor will review your medical history and conduct a thorough medical exam. That exam may include imaging tests or diagnostic procedures, such as:

  • Digital rectal exam
  • Fecal occult blood test
  • X-ray of the large intestine or barium enema
  • Colonoscopy
  • Biopsy
  • Virtual colonoscopy

Depending on your risk, there are alternative tests that can be performed. Talk to your doctor about the best diagnostic options for you.

What age should you get a colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is a type of screening test that allows your physician to see your entire colon. A sigmoidoscopy is similar to a colonoscopy but focuses only on the lower section of your colon.

Starting as age 50, it is recommended that you receive a sigmoidoscopy every five years or a colonoscopy every 10 years. However, for people who are at higher risk of colon cancer, screening can start at 35 years old.

Colorectal cancer treatment

TriStar Health's team of skilled surgeons provides various colorectal cancer treatments. Colonoscopies, while primary used to diagnose, can also be performed to remove polyps from the colon.

To help prevent diseases and conditions affecting the colon, patients can have a colectomy, a procedure designed to remove all or part of the colon.

If lymph nodes are involved in your condition, chemotherapy or radiation therapy may be an option for follow-up cancer care.

Support for those with colorectal cancer

Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be scary and potentially isolating. However, there are cancer support groups in the Greater Nashville area dedicated to helping patients with cancer and their families manage the challenges cancer brings.

About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute

As part of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare, our family of hospitals provides comprehensive cancer services with convenient access to cutting-edge therapies for people facing cancer in our communities. From diagnosis to treatment and survivorship care, our oncology expertise ensures you have access to locally trusted care with the support of a globally recognized network.

askSARAH helpline

Have cancer questions? We can help. askSARAH is a dedicated helpline for your cancer-related questions. Our specially trained nurses are available 24/7, and all calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (615) 514-2401 or chat online at askSARAHnow.