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There are certain subjects people find difficult to talk about, even with their physician. When embarrassment or fear impedes the path toward treatment, problems can escalate and one’s quality of life is affected. Sarah Y. Boostrom, M.D., exhibits such a kind and compassionate nature, barriers between doctor and patient are quickly torn down. This level of patient care begins with the first phone call to her office. “My top priority is the patient, so we always answer our phone and return calls promptly,” she said. While that might seem simple, it’s actually quite significant. Once a patient finally decides to seek help, reaching an automated message would be another way to postpone an appointment.
As a board-certified colon and rectal surgeon, Dr. Boostrom founded Colon and Rectal Surgical Consultants of North Texas. She earned her medical degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas, followed by general surgery residency and a fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota, where she remained on staff for a time.
Dr. Boostrom is experienced in minimally invasive surgical techniques that include laparoscopy and robotics. She specializes in the treatment of:
- colon and rectal cancer
- inflammatory bowel syndromes
- pelvic floor dysfunction
- anorectal disease
Dr. Boostrom practices research-based medicine. “We know so much today about the genetic components that factor into many diseases that we can determine risk based on family history along with other appropriate tests,” she said. “Decisions regarding patient care are based on the most current research and are consistent with published set guidelines and standard of care. I spend a lot of time with my patients discussing data and literature and helping to individualize their treatment based on their diagnosis and other contributing factors. I also collaborate with other treating physicians, including radiation and medical oncologists, as needed, to ensure that we offer the best treatment and outcome for the patient.”
March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Every year, about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and more than 50,000 people die from it. More than 90 percent of colorectal cancers occur in people aged 50 and older. This disease is highly preventable, so get screened beginning at age 50 unless symptoms present sooner. To help decrease your risk of colorectal cancer:
- exercise regularly
- eat a diet high in fiber—fruits, vegetables, whole grains
- maintain a healthy weight
- limit alcohol
- don’t smoke
- get your colorectal screenings as outlined by your doctor
Another satisfying part of Dr. Boostrom’s work is actually preventing cancer and curing early stage cancer; colorectal cancer is one of very few cancers that can be prevented with screening. And even for those who have colon cancer, when caught early, survival rates are very good. “It’s very gratifying to be able to cure someone from cancer,” she said.
Colorectal cancer is also one cancer that does not discriminate by age, gender, or race. “I’ve had a patient as young as 17 with colon cancer,” Dr. Boostrom said. And while that’s rare, it’s vital to know your family history and symptoms of the disease, which include blood in the stools, unintentional loss of weight and changes in bowel habits. “Colorectal cancer may be asymptomatic, so a screening colonoscopy is a must for people 50 and older as your risks increase with age.”
Dr. Boostrom says the two biggest patient fears of a colonoscopy are the prep and possible discomfort. “Most physicians use a split-dose prep that does not require a patient to drink a large amount of fluid,” she said. “Typically a patient sleeps through the procedure and has no memory of it. Complications with the procedure are very rare, so there’s no reason to skip your colon screening.”
Patients also seek Dr. Boostrom for pelvic floor dysfunction, fecal incontinence, and hemorrhoids. “A lot of women come to me directly with concerns they are very embarrassed and nervous to discuss,” she said. “We also offer hemorrhoid treatment either in the clinic or, when surgery is indicated, in an outpatient setting.”
Colon and Rectal Surgical Consultants of North Texas offers compassionate and quality care for the effective management and treatment of colon and rectal disorders. While many patients are referrals, you can contact the office directly if your insurance plan does not require a referring physican.