Innovations in the Treatment of Intestinal Cancer Available at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center
If you have been diagnosed with intestinal cancer, we understand your fear. At UH Seidman Cancer Center, we offer excellent and compassionate care to patients with intestinal cancer, whether colon, rectal or anal cancer. Using the most advanced medical and surgical techniques, we can offer minimally invasive surgeries to get you back to your daily activities quicker.
We are here to help patients every step of the way through their treatment, and if a colostomy is necessary – even temporarily – we will help them adjust quickly while getting back to work and an active life. Our team is using leading-edge innovations to treat and prevent intestinal cancer as well as offering groundbreaking clinical trials, all with the goal of an intestinal cancer cure.
Nationally Recognized for Intestinal Cancer
UH Seidman Cancer Center is part of the National Cancer Institute-designated Case Comprehensive Cancer Center at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, which is one of an elite group of 41 comprehensive cancer hospitals nationwide. Our nationally recognized cancer program has expertise in both routine and very complex intestinal cancer care for stages III and IV. U.S. News & World Report recognizes our program in the top 15 of all digestive health programs in the country.
Cancer Treatment Team Puts Patients First
We offer patients a multidisciplinary team approach, which means all our cancer doctors, nurses and support staff coordinate your care. Our team of fellowship-trained oncologists and surgeons offers leading-edge advances in diagnostics and surgical techniques, keeping the patient as the focus of every part of the treatment plan. Our experts include:
- Colorectal surgeons
- Medical oncologists
- Oncology nurses
- Radiation oncologists
- Social workers
Team of National Cancer Experts Guide Treatment
Before cancer treatment is started, our multidisciplinary team works collaboratively with a disease-specific tumor board review. Tumor board review involves a meeting where every single patient’s case is read and discussed among an entire team of national experts to guide cancer care decisions. This review process confirms that all realistic treatment options are considered for the patient’s specific needs. We offer some of the most advanced treatments, including:
- Minimally invasive surgery
- Targeted chemotherapy
- Precise radiation therapy
- Access to the latest in clinical trials for intestinal cancer
Intestinal Cancer Clinical Trials
Clinical trials are part of the cancer research process to identify advancements in cancer care. If you are interested in considering such advanced treatments for intestinal cancer, talk to your doctor to see if you are eligible for a clinical trial. Clinical trials determine if new cancer treatments are safe and effective or even better than the standard treatment. For some patients, taking part in a clinical trial may be the best treatment choice. Some of the trials we offer include:
- Studying using chemo alone or with radiation therapy before surgery for people with rectal cancer. Learn more.
- Using two chemo drugs to treat tumors not cured by standard treatment. This trial studies side effects of the two chemo drugs and best amounts to give patients. Learn more.