We treat colon and rectal cancer based on several factors. These include the location and size of your tumor, how deeply the cancer has penetrated the colon or rectum, whether it’s metastasized (spread) to other organs, and whether you have an underlying inherited genetic syndrome.
Our team of colon and rectal cancer experts includes specialists in medical oncology, surgery, radiation therapy, gastroenterology, pathology, and other areas. They meet regularly to discuss patients’ diagnostic and treatment information. Having representatives from many different disciplines involved in your care ensures that we consider all possible approaches to your treatment. It also helps us give you the best possible care designed for your specific needs.
Your plan of care may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or a combination of those treatments. Your team may also recommend advanced clinical trials if you qualify.
In some people who are at a high risk of an inherited colorectal cancer, our doctors may recommend surgery to reduce that risk. This is known as preventive surgery. Our surgeons can often use minimally invasive techniques to treat inherited conditions. After patients recover from surgery, they usually regain normal bowel function and have a good quality of life, with a greatly reduced risk of cancer.