800-826-HOPE (4673)

If you've been diagnosed with cancer of the colon or rectum, talk to us.

It's important to learn about your options and take action right away. Survival rates for colorectal cancer have improved dramatically, especially when the disease is caught early. Our world-class team of specialists can answer your questions, address your concerns, and deliver a personalized treatment plan with the most innovative therapies available anywhere.

Why Choose Us

At City of Hope, we are committed to treating the whole person, body and soul, with an unmatched reputation for coordinated, compassionate care.

We bring together a broad array of colorectal cancer expertise from multiple disciplines, all under one roof:

  • State-of-the-art screenings and diagnostic tools including colonoscopy and stool DNA testing
  • Minimally-invasive, robotically-assisted surgery for fewer complications and faster recovery
  • Surgical specialists dedicated to preserving quality of life, reducing the need for colostomy
  • Ultra-precise radiation therapy to target tumors and preserve healthy tissue
  • Targeted drugs and drug combinations for greater effectiveness and fewer side effects
  • Pioneering drug research and clinical trials
  • Supportive care continues long after treatment is complete. Our specialists will help you adjust to post-treatment diet and lifestyle changes, and our unique family and survivorship programs will assist your loved ones.

Request an Appointment with a Colorectal Cancer Specialist

If you have been diagnosed with colorectal cancer, looking for a second opinion consultation about your treatment or would like to get colorectal cancer screening, request an appointment online or contact us at 800-826-HOPE. Please visit Making Your First Appointment for more information.

Care Team

City of Hope’s renowned physicians and researchers utilize the latest in technology and innovation to treat colorectal cancer, coupled with our enduring belief in providing unparalleled compassionate care.


Kurt A. Melstrom, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.S.C.R.S.

Clinical Specialties

  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
I. Benjamin Paz, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Clinical Specialties

  • Surgical Oncology
Stephen M. Sentovich, M.D., MBA

Clinical Specialties

  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
Lily Lau Lai, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Clinical Specialties

  • Surgical Oncology

Medical Oncology

Joseph Chao, M.D.

Clinical Specialties

  • Medical Oncology
Vincent Chung, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Clinical Specialties

  • Medical Oncology
Marwan G. Fakih, M.D.

Clinical Specialties

  • Medical Oncology
Dean W. Lim, M.D.

Clinical Specialties

  • Medical Oncology

Radiation Oncology

Yi-Jen Chen, M.D., Ph.D.

Clinical Specialties

  • Radiation Oncology


Donald S. David, M.D., F.A.C.G.

Clinical Specialties

  • Gastroenterology
James L. Lin, M.D.

Clinical Specialties

  • Gastroenterology

Diagnostic Radiology

Jonathan Kessler, M.D.

Clinical Specialties

  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Interventional Radiology
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Anne, colon cancer survivor

Anne Bourque is not only a colon cancer survivor, she is also a longtime City of Hope employee who began as a registered nurse in 1980 and is now the clinical director of hematology and hematopoetic stem cell transplantation program.

Every patient is different, with different needs. With one of the most renowned colorectal cancer programs in America, City of Hope treats you as a valued individual. We support you every step of the way, both during treatment and long after, helping you and your loved ones manage your recovery and boost your quality of life.

Learn more about:

At City of Hope, we offer access to numerous clinical trials aimed at improving survival rates and enhancing quality of life. Many of these new therapies are not always available elsewhere. Our latest research covers many areas including new drug combinations that prevent colorectal cancer recurrence, profiling of cancer tissue at the molecular level to determine genetic abnormalities, and blocking a specific protein known to cause a form of the disease.

Browse through some of our clinical trials and research projects listed below:

When you come to City of Hope, you automatically gain access to an unparalleled array of support services to help you and your family cope with each challenge in your colorectal cancer journey. We can help with all of these concerns, and more:

  • Managing pain, fatigue, nausea
  • Adjusting to new diet and lifestyle habits
  • Your emotional, social and spiritual well-being
  • Staying healthy and active
  • Healthy cooking and eating
  • Healing arts
  • Caregiver skills
  • Dealing with family stress
  • Navigating the health care system

Learn more about these resources at our Living with Cancer or Supportive Care Medicine sites.




It takes the help of a lot of caring people to make hope a reality for our patients. City of Hope was founded by individuals' philanthropic efforts more than 100 years ago. Their efforts − and those of our supporters today − have built the foundation for the care we provide and the research we conduct. It enables us to strive for new breakthroughs and better therapies − helping more people enjoy longer, better lives.

For more information on supporting this specific program, please contact us below.

Joe Komsky
Senior Development Officer
Phone: 626-218-6291
Email: [email protected]

Or, you can make a gift to support all the research at City of Hope by donating


City of Hope experts cover colorectal prevention, screening, treatment and other cancer topics on City of Hope’s Breakthrough’s blog.

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