Colon cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, is the development of malignant cells occurring in the colon (or large intestine) or in the rectum, and it often develops slowly. Before the cancer develops, an abnormal growth called a polyp develops on the inner lining of the large intestine or rectum. While polyps begin as noncancerous growths, some can turn into cancer over time.
A gastroenterologist is a physician who is trained in internal medicine and who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the digestive system. The digestive system includes the esophagus, stomach, small and large intestine or colon, liver, pancreas and gallbladder. Gastroenterologists also have expertise in Digestive Wellness maintenance, such as advising patients about colon cancer screening and prevention.
Pediatric gastroenterology is the process of treating a child’s gastrointestinal tract, pancreas, and liver from birth to age eighteen. Commonly treated symptoms include gastritis, frequent vomiting, acute diarrhea, as well as gastric tract developmental issues.
Dr. Juan C. Gregory cares for newborn through teens with problems and diseases that effect the digestive system and liver. We will put together a plan for the child and family to help them on the road to a healthy, normal life.