Cancer that begins in the colon is called colon cancer, and cancer that begins in the rectum is called rectal cancer. Cancer that starts in either of these organs may also be called colorectal cancer.
This type of cancer is quite common in the United States among both men and women. And like most types of cancer, it’s highly treatable if found early.
Our dedicated team of specialists cares for patients using the most advanced colon and rectal cancer treatments available, creating a personalized plan for each individual. We are conveniently located throughout the south Chicago suburbs, making it easy for you to receive excellent cancer care close to home.
What are the Signs of Colon and Rectal Cancer?
The majority of cases begin with polyps that can’t be seen or felt. There may be other physical signs as the cancer grows. Learn more about warning signs of colorectal cancer that you can discuss with your doctor.
How are Colon and Rectal Cancers Diagnosed?
Most colorectal cancers are found when doing a colonoscopy, where the doctor is able to look at the lining of the colon for anything abnormal. If an area looks like it could be cancer, the doctor will run additional tests.
What are the Stages of Colorectal Cancer?
If cancer is found your doctor will determine the size and whether it’s spread to other areas of the body. Your doctor may require additional testing to find out the stage of colorectal cancer. This will help with determining the best colorectal treatment plan.
How is Colorectal Cancer Treated?
The oncologist will create a colorectal cancer treatment plan that can include surgery, as well as other treatments such as immunotherapy and radiation therapy. We will walk you through the treatment plan that is best for you based on the tumor’s location and stage.
What are the Risk Factors of Colorectal Cancer?
Find out what makes someone at a higher risk of developing colorectal cancer and what can be done to help reduce your risk. Some risks are genetic and can’t be controlled, others can be adjusted with lifestyle. Learn more about screening and when it’s best to start.