Getting a colonoscopy is easier than people think. Most people sleep and don't remember anything. Usually there are no symptoms to colon cancer at all since the interior lining of the colon is completely numb, a colonoscopy is the best way to find them. Better yet, a colonoscopy isn't only cancer finding, it's also cancer preventative. One out of 100 polyps turn into cancer. By taking out polyps/small benign tumors, we prevent cancer.
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Sub-specialization in surgical pathology, part of the multidisciplinary tumor board, helps to make better diagnoses for patients. If you are having a colonoscopy, you want somebody who does a lot of colonoscopies. It's true in pathology; you want your colonoscopy tissue samples reviewed by someone who sees a lot of GI pathology. A subtle finding can make a big difference in a patient's treatment plan.
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Patients who are managed in a multidisciplinary team setting have substantially better outcomes than for patients who are managed on a more informal basis. At URMC, all our patients are managed this way without exception. In the end, it makes a big difference to the patients in terms of their outcome, their survival, and their quality of life.
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The URMC multidisciplinary tumor board makes medicine more personalized. All patient treatment decisions are made through a consensus of the entire team that consists of surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and pathologists. Doctors from all of the disciplines sit down together and plan care before the patient even walks in the door.
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