Colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers diagnosed in the United States. Excluding skin cancers, it is the third most common cancer in both men and women in the U.S.
Colorectal cancer is an umbrella term often used to describe several different types of cancers found in the large intestine. This includes colon cancer and rectal cancer. The colon (large bowel) makes up the first five feet of the large intestine and the rectum is the last six inches.
Colorectal cancer often starts as a small, abnormal growth on the surface of the intestine (polyp). Finding and removing these polyps early can prevent colorectal cancer, as some polyps can become cancer over time.
If you have been diagnosed with colorectal cancer, Miami Cancer Institute’s renowned gastrointestinal cancer specialists will work closely with you to develop a personalized plan that effectively treats your cancer. Each individualized colorectal cancer care plan includes innovative treatments and services to address your whole journey as a patient.
Gastrointestinal oncologists at Miami Cancer Institute also collaborate regularly during multidisciplinary tumor boards, which allow them to work with other specialists to determine the best treatment option for your cancer.
A multidisciplinary team of cancer experts including surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, plastic reconstructive surgeons, pathologists, radiologists, genetic counselors, medical geneticists, social workers, patient navigators and clinical trials staff meet weekly to discuss select complex cases and determine the best course of care. Stem cell transplantation experts and hematologic oncology experts are also available to discuss complex cases.