Colon & Rectal Cancer
If you have been diagnosed with colorectal cancer, you can be assured our Regional Cancer Network offers the skills and technology found in the most advanced cancer hospitals in the nation right here on Cape Cod. And you’ll benefit from the extra support that comes from receiving treatment close to home.
Cape Cod Healthcare is a member of the Consortium for Optimizing the Surgical Treatment of Rectal Cancer (OSTRiCh). OSTRiCh is a group of more than 100 healthcare institutions that are committed to improving the quality of rectal cancer care in the U.S through advocacy, education and research. The Consortium is currently partnering with the American College of Surgeons and its Commission on Cancer to create a nationwide Centers of Excellence program for patients with rectal cancer.
Spearheading the initiative at Cape Cod Healthcare are Surgeons Peter Hopewood, MD, at Falmouth Hospital and Liam Haveran, DO, at Cape Cod Hospital.
Prevention & Early Detection
Screening tests, such as colonoscopy, are highly effective in finding precancerous polyps and detecting cancer in its earliest stages when treatment works best. Learn about the colorectal screening options available to you.
How Colorectal Cancer is Diagnosed
If screening reveals the possibility of cancer, tissue is removed from the colon or rectum for biopsy. If cancer is confirmed, additional tests will be done to determine the cancer’s stage.
How Colorectal Cancer is Treated
Your cancer care plan is developed by a diverse team of specialists from medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgery, radiology, pathology, nursing and social work, who collaborate on your care. Experts from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Partners HealthCare are regularly consulted for second opinions and care consultations.
Treatment will be tailored to your specific situation and may involve:
At Cape Cod Healthcare, we are with you every step of the way as you navigate cancer. We offer a full range of support and survivorship services.
Find in-depth information about colorectal cancer from the American Cancer Society.