Colorectal Cancer: Diagnosis & Treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering

Pictured: Larissa Temple & Martin Weiser Colorectal surgeons Larissa Temple and Martin Weiser attend a meeting of the Colorectal Service Team. We have extensive experience in diagnosing and treating colorectal cancer.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center provides comprehensive, compassionate care for men and women with colorectal cancer.

Every patient receives personalized care from an expert team of doctors and nurses that focuses exclusively on colon and rectal cancers. The team includes specialists in medical oncology, surgery, radiation therapy, and other disciplines that are important to the diagnosis and treatment of colorectal cancer. Our team meets regularly to discuss patients' diagnostic and treatment information. Having representatives of many different disciplines involved in your care ensures that all feasible approaches to your treatment will be considered, and that you will receive the best possible care for your specific needs.

Pictured: Julio Garcia-Aguilar

Doctors on our team explain our approach and why coming to Memorial Sloan Kettering as soon as you are diagnosed may give you better treatment options.


Each year, more than 2,500 men and women with colorectal cancer are treated at Memorial Sloan Kettering. Seeing such a large number of patients means that our team brings a high level of experience to your treatment. We can identify subtle characteristics of your disease that may give you better treatment options.

Preserving patients’ quality of life during treatment is of the utmost importance to our physicians. We use minimally invasive surgical procedures, highly precise radiation therapy techniques, and chemotherapy regimens that are designed to provide you the best chance to control or cure your cancer, and allow you to maintain your day-to-day life as much as possible.

Memorial Sloan Kettering’s patient care program is complemented by our extensive colorectal cancer research effort. Our doctors are lead investigators in clinical trials to test new therapies and diagnostic methods for colorectal cancer. This means that eligible patients may have access to new, experimental treatments and diagnostic approaches that are not widely available at other hospitals.

Treatment for colorectal cancer can vary depending on whether the tumor is located in the colon or rectum, or if it is the result of an inherited genetic factor. Use the links below to learn more about how we diagnose and treat colorectal cancer at Memorial Sloan Kettering.