Colorectal Cancer Surgery at Health Sciences North 

 

Colorectal Cancer Surgery


Benefits Of HSN

Technology
Technology

We offer the latest technology in the treatment of colorectal cancer right here in northern Ontario


Timely Colonoscopies
Timely Colonoscopies
Our team guarantees colonoscopy access within three weeks from the time of referral


Minimally Invasive
Minimally Invasive Surgery

HSN is constantly innovating and currently is one of the few centers in the country providing TAMIS and TaTME surgeries



Colorectal cancer can be cured if discovered early.

 

HSN has become an innovative leader in this field. Our most advanced technology and surgical techniques allow surgery for colon and rectal cancer with minimal invasion to the body. This means that anyone in northeastern Ontario can get high quality treatment without having to travel to southern Ontario. 

We have a dedicated team of surgeons, radiologists, medical and radiation oncologists, stoma nurses, pathologists and geneticists to care for our patients. We also have a team of liver surgeons for cases where the disease has spread to the liver.


Dr. Antonio Caycedo
HSN Nurses 

Meet Our Team

Dr. Antonio Caycedo (top) leads our colorectal team. He attended the University of Ottawa where he completed a residency in General Surgery, followed by a clinical fellowship in colorectal surgery at the University of Western Ontario.

 

Dr. Caycedo is involved in medical education of undergraduate and postgraduate students from the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) where he is an Assistant Professor. Currently he is doing a Masters in Clinical Research through the University of Liverpool. ​Dr. Caycedo has advanced training in laparoscopic surgery, from both the University of Ottawa and the University of Western Ontario. He also attended the European Institute of Tele Surgery in Strasbourg (France) and The Hospital Clinic in Barcelona (Spain).

Dr. Caycedo is interested in the Quality Assurance process, colon and rectal surgery; specially: cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, proctology as well as minimally invasive surgery and endoscopy. 


Our Services


Cancer Clinic

When required, patients are seen at Northeast Cancer Center (NECC) of Health Sciences North in order to receive chemotherapy and or radiation therapy. This increases the chances of reaching a cure. Referrals are made directly by the program.

Diagnostic Assessment Program

Patients are expedited for a colonoscopy when we receive a positive test for occult blood in their stool or a family history of colorectal cancer.

Endoscopy Clinic

At HSN we are committed to providing high quality endoscopy in a timely fashion. We have state-of-the-art equipment to do advanced colonoscopy, both diagnostic and therapeutic.

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Using the latest technology for laparoscopic surgery, we avoid large incisions. This minimizes trauma and invasion to the body and expedites recovery. Cancer is treated in an equally effective fashion as an open surgery without the potential complications of conventional surgery.

Laparoscopic surgery works by insufflating the abdominal cavity with gas (CO2) to create a working space. Then, small ports are placed to introduce surgical instruments, including a camera which allows dissection of the affected segment of bowel. This is followed by removal and reconnection of the bowel with minimal manipulation.

Rectal Cancer Surgery

Constant innovation is part of our mission. We offer state-of-the-art surgical technology and techniques for rectal cancer, aiming to preserve sphincter function with minimal invasion to the body. We were the first center in Canada to introduce TAMIS (Transanal Minimally Invasive Surgery) to remove small tumors inside the rectum, allowing patients to have their lesion removed and leave the hospital on the same day. As well, HSN is one of the few centers in Ontario offering taTME (Transanal Total Mesorectal Excision) which permits dissection of the rectum through the anus for large tumors. By using a natural orifice for extraction of the bowel, this avoids incisions in the abdomen. This technique is changing the management of rectal cancer around the world, establishing a new paradigm in surgery and HSN is proud to provide this service to eligible patients.

Stoma Clinic

We have a team of specialized nurses who are dedicated to the care of the stoma when those are required. They provide support, education and treatment as needed.

Well Follow-up Clinic

After completion of treatment, patients are followed-up in a regular fashion to ensure that any potential recurrence of the tumor is detected in time.