Colorectal cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the United States. However, advances in detection and treatment have dramatically improved outcomes, particularly in the earlier stages of the disease.
City of Hope has one of the most experienced colorectal cancer programs in the United States, with a multidisciplinary team that takes an integrated approach to detecting and treating cancers of the colon and rectum. This includes using advanced technologies and specialized techniques such as:
a comprehensive range of colorectal cancer detection services, including colonoscopy (which can also remove pre-cancerous polyps and some early stage tumors) and stool DNA testing
minimally-invasive, robotically-assisted techniques for complex surgeries that can remove tumors with less discomfort, reduced risk of complications and shorter recovery times
an experienced surgical team that can treat colorectal cancers with minimal impact to quality of life (e.g. reducing the likelihood of permanent colostomy following surgery)
highly precise radiation therapy that can target hard-to-resect tumors with minimal exposure to surrounding normal tissue
targeted drugs and drug combinations that can treat advanced colorectal cancers with greater effectiveness and fewer side effects, compared to traditional chemotherapy
combination regimens integrating surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and immunotherapy for maximum cancer-fighting effectiveness
Additionally, City of Hope patients have access to our extensive team of
supportive care experts
— including dieticians, supportive medicine physicians and rehabilitation specialists. Working closely with the patient’s primary care team, they can detect and address quality of life issues related to colorectal cancer and its treatments. This includes
(such as pain, nausea and fatigue), adjusting to a new diet and lifestyle post-treatment (particularly if a large portion of the colon is treated) and being aware of possible long-term effects.
In collaboration with other departments and cancer centers, City of Hope’s colorectal cancer program has an active portfolio of clinical trials studying novel treatments, including trials of new surgery, radiation and drug therapy regimens that are more effective against the disease and/or less harmful to the patient. Many of these promising therapies are only available to patients being treated at the City of Hope.