Crohn's Disease Management in New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, and the Washington, DC area
Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel condition in which the small and large intestines become inflamed and irritated, causing painful stomach cramps and gastrointestinal distress. Patients with Crohn’s disease can experience periods of remission punctuated by disease flare-ups.
Crohn’s disease can occur in the small intestine, large intestine, or both. The most common type of Crohn’s disease presents in the small intestine, which can make it hard for patients with Crohn’s to digest their food and absorb nutrients. Symptoms and side effects of Crohn’s disease include:
- Loss of appetite
- Stomach cramps
- Weight loss
People with Crohn’s disease also are at elevated risk for kidney stones and arthritis.
Crohn’s disease can be challenging, but with the right therapies and lifestyle changes, patients with Crohn’s can stay happy and healthy. At Regional Cancer Care Associates, we offer infusion therapy ordered by your gastroenterologist to help patients effectively manage Crohn’s disease. Learn more about how we serve patients with Crohn’s disease throughout New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, and the Washington, DC area.
Additional Information on Crohn’s Disease
Doctors aren’t sure what causes Crohn’s disease, but certain factors may increase your risk:
- Genetics: if someone in your family has the condition, you may be at a higher risk of developing it as well.
- Smoking: if you smoke, you’re more at risk of developing Crohn’s disease.
Crohn’s is equally common in men and women. People typically develop Crohn’s disease in their teens, twenties, or early thirties, although it can develop at any age.
Your doctor may perform a number of different tests to determine if you have Crohn’s disease, such as:
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Computed tomography (CT) scan
- X-ray imaging
- Blood and/or stool tests
While there is no known cure for Crohn’s disease yet, there are plenty of options to help treat and manage symptoms:
- Oral medications, such as steroids to reduce intestinal inflammation, antibiotics to treat infections caused by Crohn’s disease, or anti-diarrheal medications
- Surgery to repair damage to the intestine caused by Crohn’s disease
- Biologic therapies that use antibodies to suppress the body’s immune response and that are administered intravenously, known as infusion therapy
If you have Crohn’s disease, it’s important not to smoke and to drink plenty of fluids. Some patients find it helpful to avoid certain foods, such as dairy products. Your doctor may recommend that you work with a dietitian to help you manage your diet and make sure you’re getting enough nutrients.
Get More Information about Crohn’s disease
If your gastroenterologist has prescribed an infused therapy for your Crohn’s disease, Regional Cancer Care Associates is here to help. We have multiple locations throughout CT, MD, and NJ, so you can find quality care close to home. For more information about treatment options at Regional Cancer Care Associates, contact us today.
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For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 844-474-6866. You can also schedule an appointment by calling the RCCA location nearest you.