Advanced Care When Every Second Counts
cancer is cancer that occurs in the colon or rectum. It usually begins as an
abnormal growth, called a polyp, that forms in the colon or rectum.
cancer often goes undetected until it is more advanced, making timely and
highly effective treatment a necessity for any patient with the disease. At UT
Southwestern, our specialists are dedicated exclusively to treating colorectal
cancer using the most advanced treatments and technologies available.
multidisciplinary team includes gastroenterologists; medical, radiation, and
surgical oncologists; and support staff who focus solely on colorectal cancer. As
a team, we are able to provide patients with timely, comprehensive care that
leverages the knowledge and expertise of each specialty.
Causes and Risk Factors
of developing colorectal cancer increases after age 50. People are also more
likely to get it if they have:
- Family history
of colorectal cancer (approximately 5 to 6 percent of colorectal cancers
colitis or Crohn's disease
- A high-fat diet
- A history of
a leading cause of cancer death for both men and women, colorectal cancer can
be more easily and successfully treated if detected early. It’s important to be
aware of risk factors and get regular screenings for the best chance
at early detection.
an accurate and timely diagnosis, we use the latest diagnostic technologies, such
- Contrast barium
- Fecal occult
determine a diagnosis, we collaborate closely with each patient to create a
personalized care plan. Depending on the stage and nature of the cancer, we might
recommend one or a combination of treatments.
is often the first-line treatment for colorectal cancer. Today’s techniques
allow us to offer surgery that is much less invasive than the colostomy of the
Southwestern surgeons perform two procedures for colon cancer – polypectomy and
colectomy. Both of these surgeries remove less tissue than previous procedures,
allowing the patient to return to his or her normal activities after a shorter
on the severity of the cancer, our team might suggest chemotherapy, radiation,
or both in addition to surgery.
a variety of support services for colorectal cancer patients and their
families, such as:
medical research institution, UT Southwestern conducts frequent clinical trials, giving our patients
access to the newest treatments for colorectal cancer. Each patient should
speak with his or her doctor about the availability of clinical trials.