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Using state-of-the-art technology and leading-edge medical and surgical interventions, the Colorectal Center provides patients with advanced and timely diagnosis of their condition as well as individualized, ongoing care for the entire spectrum of colorectal disease.
Each patient’s treatment is overseen by a personal care team of colorectal specialists and includes:
The care team works with both the patient and the referring physician to coordinate a care plan designed to offer the best outcomes.
The Colorectal Center offers the most advanced colon cancer screenings and treatments currently available. In addition to standard screening procedures, including colonoscopy, we offer patients access to cutting-edge techniques, some of which we have helped to pioneer, including:
The Center for Risk Analysis – Cancer Genetics offers genetic testing, genetic counseling and preventative treatments for high-risk patients with colon polyps and colorectal cancers. These technologies save lives by helping assess the patient’s risk for developing cancer, developing risk-reducing strategies and providing early diagnosis of cancer when it does occur.
We offer inpatients a quick turnaround and expert analysis of their test findings, 24 hours a day, for a range of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Our endoscopists are available around the clock to confer with referring physicians.
Our diagnostic radiology team is composed of dedicated imaging specialists whose practice focuses specifically on GI scans. They are nationally recognized for expertise in all forms of sophisticated imaging, including:
Minimally invasive treatments often present additional options for patients who required traditional open surgery in the past. These new techniques have the benefit of faster recovery times, smaller surgical scars and greater nerve preservation. A leader in developing minimally invasive treatments, we were among the first hospitals in the region to offer:
The Colorectal Center has extensive experience treating colorectal disorders and cancers. We treat colorectal and anal cancers with chemotherapy and/or radiation in the Tucker Gosnell Center for Gastrointestinal Cancers. Our patients benefit from the expertise of a highly skilled radiation oncology team that makes use of the latest multimodality treatments.
Pelvic floor disorders are often under-reported and under-diagnosed because many patients feel uncomfortable talking about their symptoms or assume they can’t be corrected.
The Pelvic Floor Disorders Center offers patients sensitive evaluation of conditions such as:
Contact the Pelvic Floor Disorders Center to schedule an appointment.
Enterostomal therapy nurses assist in the care and instruction of patients with fistulas and draining wounds and stomas. Our nurses are certified in wound ostomy and continence.
We provide patients and referring physicians with an experienced access coordinator, a clinician who is available to assess patients’ needs, coordinate appointments and begin the appropriate testing regimen.
Contact the Colorectal Center’s access coordinator
The Colorectal Center at the Massachusetts General Hospital Digestive Healthcare Center offers comprehensive detection, treatment and management options for patients with acute and chronic colorectal conditions.
We treat patients for the full range of colorectal conditions including:
We treat patients with Crohn’s disease and colitis through the Crohn’s and Colitis Center.
After referral and initiation of therapy, we work closely with both the patient and the referring physician on long-term care plans to ensure the best possible outcomes.
We provide patients and referring physicians with an experienced access coordinator, a clinician who helps assess patient needs, coordinate appointments and begin the appropriate testing regimen.Call 617-643-5166 to refer a patient or contact the Colorectal Center’s access coordinator
Calls will be returned within 24 hours.
U.S. News & World Report has consistently ranked Mass General among the best hospitals in the nation for treating gastrointestinal disorders. Our Magnet award-winning nursing staff offer excellence in care at every step of the patient experience.
Our surgeons perform some of the highest volumes of colorectal surgery and laproscopic colorectal surgery in New England. All of the members of our world-renowned surgery staff belong to the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery and have held leadership positions in preeminent surgical organizations.
Our colorectal surgeons have particular expertise related to the:
Learn more about colorectal surgery in the Department of Surgery
We are leaders in the diagnosis and treatment of primary motility and continence disorders and rectal/bowel problems that arise following surgery. We are a resource for patients who have had unsuccessful treatments and surgeries for conditions including diverticulitis and chronic anal disease.
Our physicians are active in clinical trials and research studies related to acute and chronic colorectal conditions, allowing us to bring our patients promising new treatments as quickly as possible.
Along with several area hospitals, we are part of a Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) in Gastrointestinal Cancer. Our patients may benefit from being able to take part in this multimillion-dollar National Cancer Institute-funded research program.
Patients interested in participating in clinical trials can browse online for open trials.
Physicians: Save the Date - Advances and Controversies in Colorectal Surgery This three-day educational course will educate surgeons about advances in benign and malignant colorectal disorders. Learn more
Colorectal cancer is malignant cells found in the colon or rectum.
In the colon, some people have small pouches that bulge outward through weak spots. Diverticular disease is an inflammation or infection in the pouches, known as diverticula, which are located in the colon.
Gas in the digestive tract is created from swallowing air or by
the breakdown of certain foods by the bacteria that are present in the colon.
Hemorrhoids are blood vessels, normally present in and around the anus and lower rectum, that have become swollen due to stretching under pressure.
We welcome patients with a new or existing colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy, and their family and friends, to monthly meetings of the Massachusetts General Hospital Ostomy Support Group.
Massachusetts General Hospital surgeon Matthew Hutter, MD, explains how a quality consortium of Partners HealthCare hospitals reduced colon surgery infections by 23%.
Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death among men and women nationwide. But, if detected early colorectal cancer is treatable and beatable.
To begin the appointment process, contact the Colorectal Center access coordinator at 617-643-5166 or request an appointment online.
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