Surgery is the most common and effective treatment for colorectal cancer, especially if it has not spread. Our surgeons are among the most experienced in the country and have helped establish national quality standards for the treatment of colorectal cancer. They have also developed novel methods to improve staging accuracy and have published the first randomized trial ever evaluating staging methods in colon cancer.

Colorectal cancer may be treated with surgery alone, surgery and chemotherapy, and/or other treatments.

Doctors in Surgery

Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic or Robotic Surgery

Your doctor will decide whether it is best to perform traditional open surgery or minimally invasive laparoscopic or robotic surgery. Our surgeons are very experienced in minimally invasive techniques to treat colorectal cancer.

During minimally invasive surgery, small cuts are made in the abdomen. A tiny camera and surgical instruments are inserted through the cuts and the surgeon uses video imaging to perform the surgery. More recently our surgeons have been certified in the use of the robot to further improve the accuracy of the surgery.


Treating your colorectal cancer may involve the most up-to-date and effective chemotherapy available. Drugs are given either orally or intravenously.

Chemotherapy may be used to help:

  • Shrink the cancer before surgery.
  • Keep you cancer free after surgery.
  • Prolong life when surgery is not an option.

Targeted Therapies

We offer targeted therapies for certain types of colorectal cancer. Using innovative new drugs we work to stop the growth of cancer cells by interfering with certain proteins and receptors or blood vessels that supply the tumor with what it needs to grow, survive and spread.

Radiation Therapy

Our advanced radiation treatments include:

  • Brachytherapy: Tiny radioactive seeds are placed in the body close to the tumor.
  • 3D-conformal radiation therapy: Several radiation beams are given in the exact shape of the tumor.
  • Intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT): Treatment is tailored to the specific shape of the tumor to reduce damage to normal tissue.