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Treating Colorectal Cancer and Other Digestive Health Conditions

University Hospitals Digestive Health Institute physicians and colorectal surgeons approach patients with colorectal disease on an individualized basis. Colon and rectal diseases span a broad spectrum of benign and malignant conditions, and the treatment options may vary based on the type and severity of the condition.

Colonoscopy & Colon Cancer Screening

The best option for colorectal cancer screening is a high-quality colonoscopy because it offers the only method of preventing colon cancer by removing precancerous colon polyps. Noninvasive screening options include fecal immunochemical testing (FIT), computer tomography colonography (CTC), and video capsule colonoscopy. All options are available through UH Digestive Health Institute.

Patients with complications associated with colon polyps, colon cancer and severe diverticular disease of the colon may have surgical and endoscopic options. The choice of which option is appropriate depends on a number of factors which may differ from patient to patient. We involve patients in the decision-making process to achieve the best possible outcomes.

Colorectal Cancer Treatment

Patients with colorectal cancer deserve an individualized approach to guide the sequence of treatments. Our multidisciplinary team collaborates during tumor board meetings to offer the most current options for all types and stages of colon and rectal cancer. This team includes specialists in:

  • Gastroenterology
  • Colorectal surgery
  • Radiology
  • Pathology
  • Oncology

Early stage colon cancer may be treated with endoscopy alone, compared to more advanced stage colorectal cancer when a combination of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy may be recommended. University Hospitals colorectal surgeons specialize in the latest minimally invasive surgeries using laparoscopic, robotic and transanal resections.

Colorectal cancer – the preventable cancer

Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States and often starts with no symptoms. Unlike most forms of cancer, colorectal cancer is entirely preventable and with early detection, has a 90 percent survival rate. Doctors at University Hospitals want to help spread the word about the importance of screening to prevent this deadly disease. Early detection through screening, such as a colonoscopy, can prevent the development of colorectal cancer or find it early so that it can be cured.