After 8-10 years of having inflammatory bowel disease, there may be an increased risk of colorectal cancer (CRC) especially if there have been prolonged courses of severe inflammation in the colon and rectum and/or a family history of CRC.
- It is recommended that IBD patients undergo a colonoscopy with biopsies to detect any indication of CRC as early as possible.
- Adhering to medication protocols and keeping inflammation at bay is important to help prevent CRC.
- Treatment for CRC may involve taking the surgical route and creating a temporary ostomy or a permanent one depending on the location and severity of the cancer. See below for more information.
- Ultimately, following these practices allows the patient and their family to make the best decisions around medical and surgical care based on the doctors’ recommendations and personal preference/lifestyle.