Colorectal Cancer

The University of Chicago Medicine provides comprehensive, compassionate care for patients with colorectal cancer. Through our Center for Gastrointestinal Oncology, patients have access to a multidisciplinary team of experts in gastroenterology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, colorectal surgery, abdominal radiology, pathology, nutrition, sexual health and genetic counseling. These specialists have advanced training in their fields, and are skilled in detecting and treating colorectal malignancies.

At the University of Chicago Medicine, we understand the importance of an early and accurate diagnosis. In addition to performing routine colonoscopies and screenings, our physicians offer genetic testing and counseling for high-risk individuals. We also are at the forefront of "virtual colonoscopy," a non-invasive screening test.

Once a cancer diagnosis is made, our physicians will work with you to create an individualized plan of care. Our goal is to deliver therapy that offers the best balance to cure colorectal cancer while also preserving bowel function and quality of life. In order to achieve these outcomes, our surgeons use laparoscopic and robotic techniques and perform sphincter-sparing procedures whenever possible. In fact, we perform more minimally invasive procedures than any other medical center in the region.

We understand that a cancer diagnosis can be scary. Our aim is to educate patients and families about colorectal cancer so they can play an active role in their care.