Colorectal cancers are the second leading cause of cancer death affecting both men and women, but when found early, they are highly curable. Colon cancer affects the lower part of your digestive system, the large intestine, while rectal cancer affects the last several inches of the colon. It's important to be screened through endoscopic colonoscopy screening or high-sensitivity stool testing, because most people with colorectal cancer have no symptoms. Most cases begin as small, noncancerous or 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.