Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in this country. The diagnosis is usually made by a colonoscopy. If a tumor or mass is encountered on colonoscopy, the endoscopist will likely perform biopsies. If the biopsies demonstrate malignancy, or if the tumor is too large for the endoscopist to extract, you will be referred to a surgeon. Traditional surgery for colon cancer involves an open procedure where the affected portion of the colon is removed and the two ends are sewn back together. This approach is recommended in certain circumstances. MCSO’s Surgeons are also trained and experienced in minimally invasive colon surgery. If you are an appropriate candidate, your colon may be removed through a laparoscope. This usually involves decreased pain, less hospital stays, and shorter recovery time.