Our highly experienced staff delivers your treatment, which may include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and clinical trials. We also offer robust support services to treat the whole person.
Our specialists work with you to determine which course of treatment will be most effective for you. At the Cancer Institute, you will find:
Our compassionate and skilled team works with you to find the treatment plan that best meets your needs. Surgery is often a key part of treatment. The majority of our surgery options are minimally invasive, which means a more precise procedure, better results, and an easier recovery.
Your physician may suggest chemotherapy or radiation treatments before or after surgery to reduce the chance of cancer cells remaining in your body. As a patient at the Cancer Institute, you also have access to a vast array of clinical trials that are testing the latest approaches to care.
All of our rectal cancer surgeons have specialized training in rectal cancer. That means that they have dedicated their careers to the study of GI tumors and are highly experienced at performing rectal surgery. We are committed to preserving as much of the rectum and bowel function as possible. Our advanced surgical options include:
If your physician recommended radiation therapy, you may be concerned about the effects of radiation exposure. We take your concerns seriously. We use advanced computer software and imaging to deliver high-dose radiation beams directly to the tumor, minimizing exposure to the healthy tissues.
We are the only radiation oncology network accredited in western Pennsylvania by both the American Society for Radiation Oncology and American College of Radiology. These accreditations mean that the Cancer Institute meets specific guidelines for patient safety, quality control, and efficiency of equipment. You can feel assured knowing you are receiving the highest quality care available.
Our advanced radiation treatments for rectal cancer include:
Our highly trained medical oncologists choose specific medications depending on the results of surgery. We may give the drugs before surgery to shrink the tumor and make it easier to remove or after the surgery to kill any remaining cancer cells. Our advanced medical oncology therapies include:
The Cancer Institute offers a comprehensive accelerated recovery program. We will help you manage any pain post-surgery at one of our 10 convenient rehab centers.
We also offer specialized oncology rehab services in your own home, if needed, through our Healthcare @ Home service. If you need a colostomy bag, we will help you adapt to the lifestyle change and return to a full, active life. Learn more about our rehabilitation program.
The team assisting your rehabilitation includes: