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Weill Cornell Cancer Center

Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer among men and women in the United States. However it is a cancer that can sometimes be prevented: Small growths in the colon or rectum called polyps can be removed at the time of a screening colonoscopy, preventing their potential progression to cancer.

The Weill Cornell Cancer Center at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center takes a multidisciplinary approach to the care of patients with colorectal cancer—bringing together

  • surgeons
  • medical oncologists
  • radiation oncologists
  • pathologists
  • radiologists
  • genetic specialists
  • oncology nurses
  • psychosocial support specialists
  • other experts

The team meets regularly to review cases and determine the optimal course of care for each patient.

Colorectal cancer care at Weill Cornell is provided through the Center for Advanced Digestive Care. Diagnosis and screening for colorectal cancer is provided through the Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health. The Monahan Center is involved in numerous national and international collaborative efforts to both increase colorectal cancer screening and facilitate the quality of screening.

Patient navigators in our Center for Advanced Digestive Care coordinate comprehensive colorectal cancer treatment and are a vital resource for our patients and their families. Patient navigators are informed, compassionate healthcare providers who promptly deliver education and support, assist patients with informed decision-making, and help them cope with their medical experiences.

Weill Cornell surgeons use minimally invasive approaches to remove a patient's cancer while preserving bowel function whenever possible. Medical oncologists offer the latest anticancer drugs and participate in clinical trials evaluating potentially more effective therapies. Genetic specialists work with patients who may have an increased risk of colorectal cancer due to a personal or family medical history. Our clinicians work closely with laboratory scientists to learn about the biology of colorectal cancer—work that has the potential to translate into better patient care.

The team of professionals at Weill Cornell is committed to providing excellent care from the moment a patient comes through our doors.

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