Our Colorectal Cancer Program is a leader in Southern California in treating patients with all types and stages of colorectal cancers.
Excluding skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the 3rd most common cancer in both men and women. Although the exact cause of colorectal cancer is unknown, we provide screenings and resources to help reduce mortality through cancer prevention and early detection.
We offer a collaborative and caring approach to the diagnosis and treatment of patients with confirmed or suspected colorectal cancer. Our multi-disciplinary care team works with each patient to develop a comprehensive treatment plan to meet their individual needs. Part of that care team includes a dedicated nurse navigator who helps guide patients through their colorectal cancer journey from diagnosis to surgery and through treatment.
Catching Colorectal Cancer Early
We have a dedicated and highly trained group of board-certified gastroenterologists that provide gastrointestinal endoscopy procedures, including colorectal cancer screenings.
Colorectal cancer doesn’t always present symptoms in its early stages, so to prevent it, starting at age 50, people at average risk for colorectal cancer should have a colonoscopy every 10 years. Colonoscopies can be an embarrassing and sometimes scary topic to approach, but colonoscopies not only diagnose colorectal cancer, they can prevent it through the removal of precancerous polyps.
While other screening options may be available, if the results are positive with these tests, a colonoscopy will still be needed – making a colonoscopy your best option at catching it early.
A small percentage of colorectal cancers are caused by inherited gene mutations. Understanding your genetic make-up with genetic counseling can help determine your risk for colorectal cancer. Our Cancer Risk & Prevention Program provides patients with genetic counseling and a personalized risk assessment for cancer.
Using Minimally Invasive Surgery to Beat Colorectal Cancer
Surgery to remove cancerous tissue is often a primary treatment of colorectal cancer. As a leader in treating early and advanced colorectal cancer, our patients have access to minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic-assisted surgery techniques, which often result in less pain, less blood loss and faster recovery time.
Our specially trained surgeons utilize the da Vinci® Si™ Surgical System in our operating rooms. The da Vinci® Surgical System enables surgeons to perform operations through a few small incisions and allows for smaller, precise movements. Smaller incisions means a quicker recovery time allowing patients to resume normal activities much sooner.
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