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From screening and genetics to diagnosis and the most advanced treatments, the University of Chicago Medicine provides comprehensive care for patients who are at risk for, or who are facing, colorectal cancer. Through our Center for Gastrointestinal Oncology, patients have access to a multidisciplinary team of experts in gastroenterology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, colorectal surgery, abdominal radiology, pathology, nutrition, sexual health and genetic counseling. Each of these specialists has advanced training in their fields and are skilled in detecting and treating colorectal malignancies.
When a cancer diagnosis is made, our physicians work with patients to create an individualized care plan. Our goal is to deliver therapy that offers the optimal balance — curing colorectal cancer while also preserving bowel function and quality of life. In order to achieve this, our surgeons use laparoscopic and robotic techniques and perform sphincter-sparing procedures whenever possible.
Scientist Gregory Karczmar, PhD, has dedicated much of his career to developing better and more affordable screening methods for early detection of cancer. Still, he never imagined a screening test would lead to his own diagnosis of colorectal cancer.Read Greg's story
After being diagnosed with genetic rectal cancer in college, Taylor Murphy's physician in Northwest Indiana referred her to colorectal surgeon, Konstantin Umanskiy, MD. She had chemotherapy, radiation and minimally invasive surgery. Now, nothing holds her back.Read Taylor's story
Gastroenterologist Karen Kim, MD, comments on the new guidelines for colorectal cancer screening that lower the age at which adults at average risk should start screening from 50 to 45.Learn More About the New Screening Guidelines
After a routine colonoscopy, Mark McCormick was told he needed to seek the help of an expert to remove two large polyps in his colon. Interventional endoscopist Uzma Siddiqui, MD, removed the polyps using a minimally invasive procedure.Read McCormick's Story
People with inflammatory bowel disease have a greater risk for developing colon cancer. David T. Rubin, MD, and Atsushi Sakuraba, MD, PhD, answer questions about IBD-associated colorectal cancer as well as what can be done to decrease this risk.Watch Video Watch Video With Transcript
View a step-by-step animation of how HIPEC works to kill cancer cells after surgery to remove abdominal cancers.
Colorectal cancer is one of the most preventable cancers of all, but it usually presents no symptoms at all, which is why screening is so important.