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What is Colorectal Cancer? It is cancer of the colon, the rectum or a combination of the two. Also, it is the third most common cancer in both men and women.

Review this section’s important information about colorectal cancer diagnosis, staging, and treatment options, as well as colon cancer patient and survivor resources as you prepare for an appointment with your oncologist. After reviewing these sections, ask your cancer care team any additional questions that you may have about your individual situation. 

Newly Diagnosed with Colorectal Cancer?

Being diagnosed with colon cancer comes as a shock to most patients. Therefore, it’s understandable that you may have questions about what you will face in the coming days, weeks, and months. Our goal is to help you address some of the questions head-on, so you can properly prepare for your first oncology appointment. 

Signs & Symptoms of Colon Cancer

We recommend that you become familiar with the early warning signs of colorectal cancers. The more you understand what to look for, the greater the chance of catching colon or rectal cancers early when they are most treatable. 

Detection & Diagnosis of Colon Cancer

Colorectal cancer doesn’t always come with obvious signs and symptoms until it’s too late. This is why it’s important to understand your family history and talk with your doctor about scheduling regular colorectal cancer screening. 

Colorectal Cancer Types & Staging

If you have been diagnosed with a rectal or colon cancer, your doctor will recommend tests to determine more about your cancer type, if your cancer has spread and if so, how far.

Colorectal Cancer Treatment Options

Colon or rectal cancer treatment is no one-size-fits-all. Your doctors will work with you to provide the best treatment options, which may include surgery, chemotherapy, biological therapy, or radiation therapy.

Is Colon Cancer Hereditary?

You could be at risk of developing colorectal cancer if you have a family history. Our genetic counseling team is here to guide you through cancer genetic testing and counseling. Find out if you are at risk for hereditary colon cancer syndromes, and if you should take advantage of our Genetic Counseling & Testing Program.

Additional Colon Cancer Education

How Your Diet Can Impact Your Risk of Developing Colon Cancer

How Your Diet Can Impact Your Risk of Developing Colon Cancer

It only makes sense that our colon, which processes the wastes remaining after our food is digested, is impacted by what we eat. Our small intestine absorbs the nutrients from the foods we eat — our colon absorbs the water and excess salt and processes the...

Colorectal Cancer FAQs

Colorectal Cancer FAQs

At Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers, we feel that knowledge is your first line of defense against colorectal cancer. We understand that a colon cancer or rectal cancer diagnosis can leave you with a lot of questions, which is why we encourage you to learn more about it...

Colon Cancer is on the Rise in Young Adults

Colon Cancer is on the Rise in Young Adults

Colorectal cancer is typically viewed as a concern for older individuals. However, the disease has seen a significant increase among younger adults, and recent studies have shown that colorectal cancer, cancer in the colon or rectum, is on the decline among older...

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