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Colorectal Cancer

Because colon cancer and rectal cancers have many features in common, they are sometimes referred to together as colorectal cancer.


Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in both men and women. It is treatable when caught early through routine screening tests.

Understanding Your Diagnosis

A number of tests can be used to diagnose colorectal cancer. These include a fecal occult blood test, a colonoscopy, a sigmoidoscopy, and other tests.

Deciding on Treatment

Your treatment plans depends on your age and health, and the extent of your disease. You may need surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, biologic therapy, or a combination of these.

Managing Side Effects

Side effects are common during cancer treatment. Some side effects may change with time, while others stay the same. Your doctor or cancer nurse can suggest ways to ease the side effects you experience.

Advanced Reading

Learn more about colorectal cancer from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Physician Data Query (PDQ®) for patients. It includes information about prevention, screening, and treatment.


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You are Unique

At St. John Providence Health System, we know that you’re a unique individual and not just a condition or a list of symptoms. We treat the whole person.

Get in touch with us so we can learn about you and give you the help you need for your individual situation.

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