Care with Soul in Oncology

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Colon Cancer Surgery

Ranked High Performing by US News & World Report with Colon Cancer Surgery, Atrium Health Navicent surgeons offer options for patients with colon cancer.

Colon and Rectal Cancer is a form of cancer that has developed in the tissue of the colon (the longest part of the large intestine) or the rectum (the last part of the large intestine). Most colon cancers are adenocarcinomas (cancers that begin in the cells that make and release mucus and other fluids) and when found early with colonoscopy may be treated with local resection alone.

Colon Cancer
Colon cancer develops in a series of stages. In the latter stages, the cancer cells travel through the blood and lymph nodes to attack other organs like the lungs.

There are two types of surgical procedures to deal with colon cancer. Local excision is used for cancer in the early stages. The oncology surgery specialist can remove these tumors without making any incisions in the abdominal wall.

The other type is a resection of the colon. The oncology surgery specialist will remove the cancer and a bit of the non-cancerous tissue around it. After that, the doctor may also sew the colon back together, which is a process known as anastomosis. Often the doctor will also remove some lymph nodes and test them to see if they are cancerous.

If the oncology surgery specialist is unable to reattach the two ends of the colon, they will put a stoma in the body. The stoma delivers waste to an exterior colostomy bag. The colostomy bag is not necessarily permanent. Sometimes the lower intestine heals itself and the stoma can be removed.

Sometimes, an oncology surgery specialist will freeze and destroy infected tissue. Drugs are used to halt the growth of cancer cells. Chemotherapy is delivered via injection or pill. The drugs enter the bloodstream and battle the cancer cells. The chemo treatment might be injected directly into the abdomen, which is a process known as regional chemotherapy.

Colon and Bowel Surgery in the field of Oncology Surgery Specialist
Oncology surgery specialists often perform colon and bowel surgeries. Most of the time, these surgeries involve a blockage in the intestines. The specialist must determine the best course of action and then perform the operation. The primary impetus for this kind of surgery involves polyps that may or may not be cancerous.

Most of the time, open colon surgery involves a long incision in the abdominal region. When possible, the oncology surgery specialist will opt to perform a laparoscopic colon resection.

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Paul Dale MD

Surgical Oncology Specialist

Dr. Dale received his Masters of Science in Biomedical Engineering followed by his MD from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. He completed his surgical residency training at Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, Georgia and then completed a Surgical Oncology fellowship at the John Wayne Cancer Institute in Santa Monica, in 1995. He was in private surgical oncology practice for 10 years in Macon, GA and was appointed the first Chief of Surgical Oncology at Mercer University School of Medicine. In 2004 he relocated to Columbia, Missouri where he held the title of Chief of Surgical Oncology and held the Margaret Proctor Mulligan Professorship in Breast Cancer Research at the University Of Missouri School Of Medicine. He was also the director of the University of Missouri Biodesign and Innovation program, one of only 4 such programs in the nation. In 2012 Dr. Dale became the Director of Ellis Fischel Cancer center, the oldest cancer center west of the Mississippi. In addition to many presentations, publications and book chapters Dr. Dale holds 2 US patents for the detection of cancer cells using photoacoustic technology and received over $3,000,000 in grant funding for research at the University of Missouri. In October of 2014 he returned to The Medical Center of Central Georgia, Navicent Health and Mercer University School of Medicine where he is now the Chief of Surgical Oncology and assistant Dean of Translational Research and has an active surgical oncology clinical practice as co director of the Peyton Anderson Cancer Center.

Credentials & Awards

  • Certification: American Board of Surgery

    Certified in Surgery