Colon and rectal cancers, also called colorectal cancers are the third most common type of cancer in the United States. When colon cancer is diagnosed early, it has an almost 90% cure rate. Colorectal cancers are preventable with proper screening. They grow slowly and usually start as polyps in the colon, but not all polyps are cancerous.
The digestive system includes the colon and the rectum and is also called the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The colon is the first six feet of the large intestine, and the rectum is the last six inches of the large intestine and ends at the anus.
A family history or your 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.
Why choose UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center for colon cancer care?
At UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson, your colon cancer treatment is personalized to your unique needs to provide the best outcomes, while focusing on your quality of life. We offer leading-edge treatments, including minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic surgeries that provide less invasive treatment with a quicker recovery.
Specialized Colon Cancer Treatments
If your treatment includes chemotherapy, UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson has the latest options. Our team of physicians works together to develop a treatment plan that provides the most benefit to you while minimizing side effects on your body.
If radiation therapy is recommended as a part of your colon cancer treatment. Our radiation oncologists specialize in treating patients with colon cancer using the latest advanced techniques.
Our multidisciplinary colorectal cancer team includes:
- Medical oncologists that specialize in gastrointestinal cancers
- Surgical oncologists that specialize in colon and rectal surgery
- Radiation oncologists specializing in gastrointestinal cancers
- Genetic counselors: About 20 percent of colon cancers are linked to a genetic or family condition. Our genetic counselors in 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.
- Oncology Support Services to include nutritionists, psychologists, wellness programs and palliative medicine to help with potential side effects.
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.