UPMC's colon and rectal surgeons in Central Pa. take a team approach to colon and rectal cancer care and work closely with other health care specialists to develop your personalized treatment plan.
Our board-certified colon and rectal surgeons have more than 75 years of collective experience and are skilled in open, laparoscopic, robotic, and other minimally invasive surgical techniques. Whenever possible, we use sphincter-preserving techniques and other approaches that preserve natural bowel function. And, our surgeons will use minimally invasive techniques to shorten your recovery time, decrease pain, and improve outcomes.
Our specialists understand that treating colon and rectal cancer is a team effort. That’s why our colon and rectal surgeons work closely with your family doctor, gastroenterologist, and other medical specialists — including pathologists, radiologists, and radiation and medical oncologists — to develop a treatment plan that is specific to your condition.
Our multidisciplinary team of cancer specialists meets twice a month to discuss cancer cases. During these meetings, our cancer specialists combine their knowledge and expertise to create a personalized cancer treatment plan for you.
Our experts also use leading-edge technology and techniques to diagnose and treat colon and rectal cancer. We offer a full range of tests and treatments, including:
Surgical procedures to treat colon and rectal cancer include:
Colon and rectal cancer, or colorectal cancer for short, occurs when abnormal cells grow out of control and form tumors in the lining of your colon and/or rectum. Most colorectal cancers start as polyps that can turn into cancer if left untreated.
Colon and rectal cancers do not usually cause symptoms until they are advanced. That’s why it is important to have a colonoscopy, which can help your doctor find colon and rectal cancer in its earliest stages. Symptoms of colon and rectal cancer include:
Colon and rectal cancer is more common in people over age 45. If you have a personal or family history of colon or rectal cancer, or inflammatory bowel disease, you may be more likely to develop colon or rectal cancer. Obesity, physical inactivity, smoking, heavy alcohol use, and a diet that includes high amounts of processed and red meats also can increase your risk.
Exercising, maintaining a healthy weight, and eating a diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, can reduce your risk of developing colon and rectal cancer. You should also avoid smoking and limit alcoholic beverages.
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1703 Innovation Drive
York, PA 17408
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