Colon Cancer

If you have been diagnosed with colon cancer, you want comprehensive, personalized care. The specialists at Allegheny Health Network Cancer Institute have dedicated their careers to studying and treating colon cancer. This focus gives us the skill and experience to get the best long-term results for you.

Our team expertly diagnoses the disease and is committed to preserving as much of the colon and bowel function as possible. We use minimally invasive techniques and enhanced recovery protocols, which are research-based methods to speed your recovery and help you feel better faster. Plus, our robust support services can increase your quality of life while you undergo treatment.

Colon cancer care at Allegheny Health Network

At the Cancer Institute, our physicians have advanced degrees and specialty training in the diagnosis and treatment of colon cancer. This intensive training enables us to get you a precise diagnosis and the right treatment option. Our focus is always on you, the patient, and ensuring you are getting effective treatment while living the best quality of life.

Our committed Navigation Team guides you and your family throughout the entire process. Learn more about why people choose us for colon cancer treatment.

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Symptoms of colon cancer

People with colon cancer often don’t experience any symptoms. The best way to detect colon cancer is to get screened according to your doctor’s advice. Especially if you are at risk for developing the disease because you:

  • Are overweight
  • Lack exercise
  • Are a male who drinks a lot of alcohol
  • Frequently eat red and processed meat

See your doctor right away if you notice any of these symptoms:

  • Changes in your bowel habits including diarrhea and constipation
  • Changes in stool consistency
  • Blood in your stool
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Weakness and fatigue

Diagnosing colon cancer

Our team quickly and expertly diagnoses colon cancer. We know you don’t want to wait for results. We often conduct multiple tests within one day to minimize your visits and to get your results as quickly as possible. Find out more about colon cancer diagnosis.

Your colonoscopy can't wait

Early detection is the key to preventing — and beating — colorectal cancer, the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S.

Colon cancer treatment

The Cancer Institute is home to a weekly colon cancer conference, where top colon cancer specialists meet to discuss the treatment plans for patients with complicated diagnoses. You benefit from the expertise of many different experts, working together to tailor the most effective treatment plan for you.

Our highly skilled specialists oversee your treatment options, which may include surgery (often minimally invasive), medical oncology, and clinical trials. Get more information on colon cancer treatment.

Contact us

Call the AHN Cancer Help Line anytime at (412) NURSE-4-U (412) 687-7348 to schedule a cancer-related appointment or to just talk with our nurses about diagnoses, treatments, and side effects.