Norton Cancer Institute is dedicated to helping patients with colorectal cancer by combining early detection methods with effective treatment options. Treatment and services include the expertise of a patient navigator as well as our highly trained medical staff.
Meet our Navigator:
Karen Allen, R.N., OCN
||Karen Allen R.N., OCN, has been a patient navigator specializing in gastrointestinal cancers (stomach, colon, pancreas, liver, bile duct) since 2007. She is an oncology-certified nurse with 15 years’ experience in bone marrow transplant, oncology intensive care and chemotherapy infusion. Karen is a trainer for a chemotherapy and biotherapy course for nurses through the Oncology Nursing Society and an instructor for the Oncology Nursing Certification Course Review.
Routine screenings are the first line of defense against colorectal cancer. Norton Cancer Institute offers a variety of screening techniques to detect polyps, cancer or other abnormalities, including:
- Double-contrast barium enema
- Fecal occult blood test
Colorectal cancer is diagnosed in stages, and treatments depend on stage. They may include a combination of:
- Radiation therapy
As part of our comprehensive services, Norton Cancer Institute provides patients with opportunities to participate in innovative National Cancer Institute and industry-sponsored clinical research studies. For information on current studies, call (502) 629-5500.