Lindsay K. Hessler, M.D., is a Board Certified surgeon specializing in minimally invasive surgery, including advanced laparoscopic surgery.
Mercy doctors offer a breakthrough treatment for hepatitis C that cures most patients and saves lives. Hepatitis C is an infection of the liver caused by the hepatitis C virus and can lead to permanent liver damage if untreated.
The Institute for Foot and Ankle Reconstruction at Mercy offers a top rated team of surgeons, dedicated to advanced treatments of common and complex foot and ankle disorders.
Mercy offers emergency care on the Downtown Baltimore campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (410-332-9477) with access to a trained emergency medicine team, diagnostic services and consultations with specialists.
In case of an Emergency, Dial 911 and follow the instructions of the EMS (Emergency Medical Services) team.
Mercy Medical Center's downtown campus includes our Main Hospital - The Mary Catherine Bunting Center, McAuley Plaza and The Weinberg Center.
General visiting hours at Mercy are 11:00 am to 8:30 pm. Hours vary by floor, please check with the nursing staff or call 410-332-9555.
Colon cancer and rectal cancer, known as colorectal cancer, can be successfully treated if detected early. The medical oncologists at Mercy Medical Center work with a team of cancer specialists to offer patients comprehensive diagnosis, treatment options and compassionate care.
Colon cancer is cancer of the large intestine, also known as the colon. Rectal cancer is cancer in the last few inches of the colon. Colon cancer and rectal cancer together are known as colorectal cancer. Typically colorectal cancer is a slow growing cancer and begins with polyps, an abnormal growth of cells in the colon. The early removal of colon polyps helps with detecting pre-cancerous cells before they become cancerous.
If you are of African American and/or Hispanic descent you are at a higher risk and are more likely to be diagnosed with advanced stages of cancer. There is an inherited mutated gene that can cause cancer to develop at an early age in these populations. If you have a family history of colon cancer, you should inform your physician about this.
Colon and rectal cancer hardly ever have symptoms so it is important to get regular colon cancer screenings to detect any irregularities like colon polyps. If colon polyps are found your Mercy physician will remove them by performing a colonoscopy or laparoscopic surgery.
Colorectal cancer symptoms can be similar to those of other digestive diseases. These symptoms may include:
Treatment options for colorectal cancer may include surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy as well as targeted therapy. Treatment may include a combination of therapies or one single treatment option. Clinical trials are also available at Mercy.
Medical Oncology and Hematology at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, provides diagnosis and treatment for a broad range of cancers including leukemia and lymphoma, neuroendocrine tumors, colorectal cancer, breast cancer, gynecologic cancers, prostate cancer and lung cancer. Experienced medical oncologists and hematologists offer expertise in cancer treatment through chemicals, biological products and immunotherapy, including chemotherapy, chemoembolization, biological and endocrine therapies and radiofrequency abalation.
Medical Oncology and Hematology is part of The Institute for Cancer Care at Mercy Medical Center.
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Dr. David Riseberg, Chief of Medical Oncology and Hematology at Mercy, is a top rated doctor in Baltimore, Maryland.
A Mercy patient says she believes in miracles after being diagnosed with primary peritoneal cancer and given a second chance at life.