Overview of Colon Cancer and Rectal Cancer

Cancer that begins in the colon is called colon cancer, and cancer that begins in the rectum is called rectal cancer. Cancer that starts in either of these organs may also be called colorectal cancer. In the United States, colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in men, after skin, prostate, and lung cancer. It is also the fourth most common cancer in women, after skin, lung and breast cancer.

To help make decisions about colon cancer or rectal cancer treatment, it's often best to start with a medical oncologist so that a complete treatment plan can be created before any surgery for rectal or colon cancer takes place. For many cancer patients, a medical oncologist oversees the entire process of cancer treatment, acting as the lead physician for your team of medical professionals. Your oncologist will help you evaluate the options and assist in determining the best combination and timing for various types of cancer treatments.

The oncologists at Compass Oncology, serving the Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA areas, are experienced in colorectal cancer treatment.

Colon or Rectal Cancer Diagnosis

Colon or Rectal Cancer Diagnosis

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with colon or rectal cancer, it’s important to gather and learn as much information about the disease as possible. Compass Oncology is your resource for understanding the disease and the colorectal cancer treatment options that are available in the Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA areas.

Colorectal Cancer Staging

Colorectal Cancer Staging

The various stages of rectal or colon cancer range from Stage 0 to Stage IV. In order to plan the best treatment, your doctor will need to assess the stage of your colon cancer by ordering various tests.

Colorectal Cancer Treatment Options

Colorectal Cancer Treatment Options

Based on the stage and other factors of your cancer, you and your doctor will discuss options for your cancer treatment. Those options can include:

The Compass Oncology team in Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA will help you decide on a treatment plan that’s right for you.

Colon Cancer Clinical Trials and Research in Portland and Vancouver

Colon Cancer Clinical Trials and Research in Portland and Vancouver

At Compass Oncology, we are fortunate to be a member of The US Oncology Network and are able to provide our community with access to new therapies in the Portland area.

We have over 70 ongoing clinical trials at any given time, that include research for colon and rectal cancers. Search for an available clinical trial that might be right for you.

Colorectal Cancer Survivor Support

Colorectal Cancer Survivor Support

Colorectal cancer affects many people of many different ages. Compass Oncology has a great deal of resources for patients and their families looking for survivor support and resources, including local colon and rectal cancer survivor support programs.

Is Colon Cancer Hereditary?

Is Colon Cancer Hereditary?

You could be at risk of developing colorectal cancer if you have a family history of the disease.

Our cancer genetic experts in Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA are here to guide you through cancer genetic counseling. Find out if you are at risk for hereditary colon cancer syndromes, and if you should take advantage of the Genetic Risk Evaluation & Testing Program.

From Our Blog: More Information About Colorectal Cancer

Visit the National Cancer Institute where this information and more can be found about Colorectal Cancer or ask your Compass Oncology cancer care team questions about your individual situation. 

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