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Colorectal Cancers

Colorectal cancers often begin with small growths (polyps) in the colon or rectum. The experienced specialists at the University of Michigan Health Rogel Cancer Center are experts in precise and accurate diagnoses. We offer individualized colorectal cancer treatment plans that address your specific needs.

Colorectal Cancer Care: Why Choose Rogel Cancer Center?

Our colorectal cancer specialists are experts at precisely targeting cancer and providing effective treatment. These precise diagnoses inform your personalized colorectal cancer treatment plan. Highlights of our program include:

  • Accurate diagnosis: Determining tumor location and extent is critical to developing the best treatment plan. When appropriate, our expert radiologists use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to provide detailed views of the colon, rectum and anus to inform treatment options.
  • Treatment of complex cancers: Our specialists offer hope for people with the most difficult-to-treat colorectal cancers. We treat people with genetic mutations linked to colorectal cancers and young people with these cancers.
  • High-volume expertise: Our colorectal cancer clinic sees hundreds of new patients each year. You can be confident in the knowledge, skill and experience of our board certified and fellowship-trained colorectal cancer providers. Meet our team.
  • Leading-edge treatments: Rogel Cancer Center experts use the newest treatments for advanced colorectal cancer. We offer GI cancer clinical trials and regional therapies such as hepatic artery infusion pump (HAIP) therapy for colorectal cancer that has spread (metastasized).

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About Colorectal Cancers

During digestion, enzymes and digestive juices in your stomach begin to break down the food you eat. Food travels from your stomach to your small intestine. Your small intestine processes nutrients your body needs while muscle contractions move waste into the large intestine. This waste becomes stool, which moves into the rectum and out of your body through the anus.

Colorectal cancers include growths that occur in the colon (also known as the large intestine), rectum (the last part of the colon) and anus. Treatment of these cancers can be straightforward or more complex depending on their location and accessibility. Our colorectal cancer specialists treat:

Anal cancer

The anus is the small flexible opening at the end of your GI tract. Our experts offer advanced treatment options for growths in the soft tissues of the anus. Learn more about how we diagnose and treat anal cancer.

Colon cancer

When cells in the colon grow in ways that aren’t typical, polyps can occur. Our specialists routinely identify (and remove) polyps during colon cancer screening with colonoscopy. Learn more about how our experts diagnose and treat colon cancer.

Rectal cancer

The rectum is the last part of your colon. Rectal cancer often requires a combination of medical and surgical treatments. Our surgeons, radiologists, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists work together to determine the best treatment for your needs. Learn how our colorectal cancer experts use their range of training and expertise to diagnose and treat rectal cancer.

Multidisciplinary Colorectal Cancer Care

The specialists at Rogel Cancer Center work together to treat all types of colorectal cancer in our multidisciplinary clinics. Our specialist team offers access to expert diagnoses and the most advanced treatments for colorectal cancers. The multidisciplinary approach at Rogel Cancer Center ensures you benefit from our team’s years of training, skill and experience.

Support and Resources for Colorectal Cancers

Our GI cancer support services are here for you and your family. We provide a range of services at Rogel Cancer Center to help you and those you love during treatment for all GI cancer types. Our patient navigators get you the resources, information and support you need so you can focus on your care.

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Learn more about how we diagnose and treat all colorectal cancer types at Rogel Cancer Center. Call 734-647-8902 to make an appointment.