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Myth-busting colonoscopy: Five reasons it’s not so bad

We hear “colonoscopy” and our bodies clench. The anticipation of the bowel-emptying prep and a scope snaking through our colon evokes strong feelings among even the hardiest of us.

For Jonathan Vinson, M.D., a family physician with Providence Medical Group-The Plaza, getting screened for colorectal cancer is a “no-brainer.”

What to expect when you’re prepping (for your colonoscopy)

How many of you cringe at scheduling a colonoscopy because the procedure (for which you’re knocked out) is a total drag? Yeah, we didn’t think so. It’s not the procedure itself that gets you in the gut – it’s the dreaded, much-maligned prep. Find out what works and what doesn't from Ken Flora, M.D., regional co-medical director of Providence Gastrointestinal Center.

Colonoscopy: What to know before you go

A few helpful tips from a Providence family practitioner for what to expect before and after a colonoscopy.

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Providence Dysplasia Clinic Brochure

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Colon Cancer Care Guidelines

Providence Gastrointestinal Cancer Program has established guidelines for treating non-metastatic colon cancer. Please refer to the attached document.

Clinical publications

Learn clinical best practices and the latest advances in techniques, treatments, technology and research. Newsletter articles are reviewed by physician editorial boards and are written by Providence specialists in brain, spine, cancer, orthopedics, and heart and vascular medicine.

Proprietary Health Article

Studying statin chemoprevention in colon cancer patients

A clinical trial examines whether statins will inhibit a recurrence in patients with resected stage I or II colorectal cancer. – By Anupama Kurup, M.D., medical oncologist

Survival improves for colon cancer liver metastases

Progression to stage IV colorectal cancer was once a dismal prognosis, but advances in therapies and surgical techniques have changed the odds. – Ronald F. Wolf, M.D., surgical oncologist

Colonoscopy: Helping protect your colorectal health

A colonoscopy is a procedure that allows a doctor to look inside the entire large intestine, including the colon and rectum.

Colorectal cancer risks: tobacco, obesity and inactivity

Once again, tobacco use is firmly established as a cause of cancer, this time, colorectal cancer. – By Todd S. Crocenzi, medical oncologist and researcher

Recommended Resource

American Cancer Society

American Cancer Society’s home page with links to all types of cancer, symptoms, treatment options, statistics trials and ways to contribute. 

American Cancer Society: Cancer staging

American Cancer Society’s description and explanation of staging cancer. Staging is the process of finding out how much cancer there is in the body and where it is located. It is how the doctor learns the stage of a person's cancer. Doctors use this information to plan treatment and to help find out a person's outlook (prognosis). 

National Cancer Institute

National Cancer Institute home page with links to all cancer topics, clinical trial information, statistics, research and treatment information.

CancerCare.org

Cancer Care is a national nonprofit that provides free, professional support services for anyone affected by cancer.

Cancer.net (AKA: People Living with Cancer)

Oncologist-approved cancer information from the American Society of Clinical Oncology