Colon cancer is cancer of the large intestine (colon), the lower part of your digestive system. Rectal cancer is cancer of the last several inches of the colon. Together they're often referred to as colorectal cancers.
When doctors find colorectal cancer early, it's highly curable. It is the second leading cause of cancer death affecting both men and women. So it is important to be screened for colon cancer through endoscopic screening (colonoscopy) or high-sensitivity stool testing, because most people with colorectal cancer have no symptoms.
Most cases of colon cancer begin as small, noncancerous (benign) clumps of cells called polyps. Over time some of these polyps can become colon cancers.
Riverside's Colorectal Cancer Program offers advanced technology, highly skilled and compassionate providers. We also have the full range of support to guide you and your family through diagnosis and treatment. Our team of physicians has gastroenterologists and specialized surgeons who diagnose the disease and can perform surgery if needed. Other members of the team include medical and radiation oncologists - cancer specialists - who also provide treatment, as well as our Colorectal Cancer Patient Navigator, who is there every step of the way. This navigator helps to assure that the process goes as smoothly as possible and answers any questions you or your family members may have.