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The Tucker Gosnell Center for Gastrointestinal Cancers offers a collaborative and caring approach to the diagnosis and treatment of patients with confirmed or suspected colorectal cancer and is consistently ranked as one of the best in the country by U.S. News & World Report.
Precise diagnosis, tumor characterization and staging (determining whether the cancer has spread) are the basis for designing the most appropriate treatment plan for you. Our GI cancer pathologists sub-specialize in colorectal tumors and are internationally recognized and consulted on the diagnosis of colon and rectal cancer. They share information about each patient’s unique cancer in weekly tumor board meetings to help guide treatment planning.
Our diagnostic radiology team are nationally recognized for expertise in using the most advanced imaging tools to diagnose and stage colorectal cancer and to detect tumor changes. Our imaging technologies include:
Other services include:
Chemotherapy can be the most effective treatment for patients with colorectal cancer. Some new therapies that are currently available or in development are designed to block mutations and pathways that cause tumor cells to proliferate. By targeting tumor gene mutations, these “smart drugs” are helping doctors to understand how to stop cancerous cells in some patients' tumors without using standard chemotherapy and radiation. Learn more about genetic testing and targeted therapies.
Our surgical team:
We offer one of the few operating rooms specially designed to facilitate complex procedures, allowing multiple surgical subspecialists to work side-by-side.
Learn more about colorectal cancer surgery.
Our radiation oncologists use the most advanced therapies to treat colorectal cancer, many of which are available at only a few select hospitals. Radiation therapy may be given alone, or in combination with surgery and chemotherapy.
Our team approach ensures that every patient benefits from an individualized, coordinated and compassionate treatment plan, with care provided by leading experts from many specialties. We consider patients and their family and friends involved in their care to be part of this team. We are dedicated to ensuring that patients fully understand their diagnosis and treatment options. Depending on the stage and other characteristics of your colorectal cancer, your treatment plan may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation or a combination of these therapies. Your care team may include:
Members of your care team communicate regularly with you and your referring physician to ensure clear understanding and seamless coordination of care.
Colorectal cancer is a disease in which cancer (malignant) cells grow and multiply in the tissues of the colon or rectum. The National Cancer Institute reports it is the second-deadliest form of cancer in the United States.
Screening for cancer means testing for something abnormal before it causes any symptoms. Tests used to screen for colorectal cancer include:
Colorectal cancer may be diagnosed through the tests and procedures mentioned above as well as:
Imaging tests, surgery and X-rays are among the common approaches for staging colorectal cancer. Stages range from Stage I (early stage) to Stage IV (advanced).
Your treatment plan will depend on factors such as type and stage of colorectal cancer, your general health, and your preferences. Colon cancer treatment or rectal cancer treatment may involve one or more of these options:
Learn more about Colorectal Cancer
The Cancer Center is a leading provider of clinical trials in New England for colorectal cancers, making clinical trial evaluation of new therapies a key treatment option. The goal of clinical trials is to seek and answer scientific questions and to find better ways to prevent, diagnose or treat cancer. Current clinical trials for colorectal cancer include:
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