Surgical Expertise Makes a Difference

A 52-year-old male activated his CancerCARE benefit after his first routine colonoscopy. The patient reported a diagnosis of familial polyposis adenomatous, a hereditary disease often leading to the development of cancer. The patient’s local provider recommended a total colectomy, which would have required the patient to have an ostomy bag for life.

The patient resides in a rural area with limited access to community providers and no surgeons with expertise in this rare disease. CancerCARE arranged for the patient to go to a Center of Excellence that had the expertise and resources to treat him. Upon evaluation, it was determined that the best course of care was to remove the polyps and perform a partial colectomy—no permanent ostomy bag required.