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Colorectal cancer

If you've been diagnosed with colorectal cancer, you're not alone. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer among men and women in the U.S.

At The Christ Hospital Health Network, we care for hundreds of people with colorectal cancer every year. Our cancer care team has experience treating all stages of colorectal cancer, even the most advanced.

While many people turn to us for care, our goal is to make you feel like you are our only patient. Our cancer specialists care deeply about helping you beat cancer. They will make sure your treatment plan is tailored to your unique needs—and includes plenty of emotional, financial and other support.

About colorectal cancer

The colon and rectum are part of our digestive system. They sit next to each other inside an organ called the large intestine. Both play a role in helping our body get of rid of solid waste.

Cancer can develop in the colon or rectum separately, or it may spread to both. Depending on where the cancer starts, it may be called colon cancer or rectal cancer. Doctors also refer to these cancers jointly as colorectal cancer.

Like any type of cancer, colorectal cancer may spread if it is not treated quickly. It's important to see your doctor right away if you have unusual symptoms [link to Colorectal Cancer Diagnosis subpage] that could be a sign of colorectal cancer.

The good news is, colorectal cancer is one of the few cancers that are preventable. Thanks to screening exams we offer, our doctors can often find and treat the disease at its earliest stage, before it turns cancerous.

Why choose The Christ Hospital Health Network

We take pride in providing colorectal cancer care that is collaborative and compassionate.

At The Christ Hospital Health Network, your care will be reviewed by a "tumor board," which is a team of medical experts who specialize in colorectal cancer. Tumor boards usually include specialists inside and outside our Network for a more extensive review of your care. Together, they create a plan to effectively and efficiently treat your cancer. They also track your progress along the way.

A key part of your treatment plan may include medicine (chemotherapy), surgery or radiation. You may also take advantage of helpful support services. These include nutrition services, financial counseling, transportation help and referrals to counselors or support groups.

And if you are interested in new treatments for colorectal cancer, you may be able to take part in one of our cancer-related clinical trials.