WHAT IS CROHN’S DISEASE AND ULCERATIVE COLITIS?
Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are two types of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), which cause chronic inflammation of the digestive system. The two share many symptoms, making it difficult to determine which IBD you have without the help of a medical professional. These shared symptoms include:
- Abdominal pain and cramping
- Diarrhea and rectal bleeding
- A feeling of incomplete bowel movements
- Low appetite, often leading to weight loss
- An urgent need to make bowel movements
However, the two bowel diseases also present different symptoms that may affect treatment options.
Ulcerative colitis affects only the patient’s colon. The disease inflames the entire area of the colon’s inner lining and produces small, open sores. No healthy regions are present within the infected site.
Crohn’s disease can manifest anywhere throughout the digestive system, from the patient’s mouth to the anus, and is not limited to the system’s lining. Healthy spots may be present between infected areas. Crohn’s can cause additional symptoms not seen in other IBDs — including anal tears and mouth sores — since it affects more regions of the body.
While no one medical cure exists, we offer several infusion treatment options focused on managing your symptoms.
INFUSION TREATMENT OPTIONS
Before starting your treatment, we’ll determine the best type for your needs. Our infusion center in Gettysburg, PA is equipped with various treatment options for both ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s to ease symptoms. These include:
- Remicade Infusion Therapy: Remicade is a medication used to help patients find relief from both Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis. It is injected into a patient’s vein in three- to four-hour sessions. We typically prescribe treatments two weeks and six weeks after the first infusion, then every eight weeks afterward.
- Stelara Infusion Therapy: Stelara blocks some of the body’s natural proteins that cause inflammation due to Crohn’s disease. After the initial dose, which we inject into a vein, injections are given under the skin every eight weeks.
- Simponi Aria Infusion Therapy: Simponi Aria reduces the inflammatory effects of certain bodily substances in patients with ulcerative colitis. We inject an infusion into a vein every four to eight weeks or under the skin every two to four weeks. Each session runs around two to three hours.
CONTACT GETTYSBURG CANCER CENTER FOR INFUSION TREATMENT
At Gettysburg Cancer Center, we understand your need for relief from Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis. We’re here to help you regain full enjoyment of your life with a range of treatment options at our outpatient treatment centers. With friendly staff and relaxing treatment areas featuring televisions and free Wi-Fi, we make sure you feel at home and welcome in our facility.