Colon cancer, also called colorectal cancer, originates in the colon or rectum. It is also called colorectal cancer. A family history or genetics may predispose you to be at risk for colon cancer, but smoking and obesity, dietary factors, and inflammatory bowel disorders such as Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis can also put you at risk. In some cases, the cancerous section of your colon or rectum can be completely removed through surgery. Your diagnosis and treatment plan at the Mays Cancer Center will include your input and we’ll work to answer your questions and help you feel confident about your care decisions.
Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer diagnosed in the United States.
Why choose the Mays Cancer Center for colon cancer?
As a National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated cancer center, we offer care delivered by a multidisciplinary team. Our colorectal cancer team led by gastrointestinal oncologists and includes:
- Medical oncologists
- Surgical oncologists
- Radiation oncologists
- Gastrointestinal physicians and surgeons, who are trained in endoscopy techniques
- Surgeons, who specialize in colon cancer surgery
- Treatment specific to you: We perform rapid comprehensive evaluations and discussions with pathologists who specialize in gastrointestinal pathology. Additional research discussions also occur at our regularly conducted cancer conferences.
- Genetic counseling: About 20 percent of colon cancers are linked to a genetic or family condition. The counselors at our Cancer Genetics and High-Risk Screening Clinic can advise you and your family on the risk of developing cancer, possible screening exams, counseling, and advice regarding options for care.
As a National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated cancer center, the cancer center offers care delivered by a multidisciplinary team who specializes in all phases of clinical trials.
The cancer center’s team partners with the National Cancer Institute and other organizations to offer clinical trial-based treatment options for all patients—from first diagnosis through extensive treatment.
Our clinicians are familiar with available experimental treatments and first-in-human clinical trials, which are available under special programs for patients who qualify.
Make an appointment
To request an appointment with our team or to make a referral to one of our physicians, please call the main number: 210-450-1000 or 800-340-2872 or email CTRCReferral@uthscsa.edu.