Atrium Health’s Levine Cancer Institute’s multidisciplinary team of gastrointestinal cancer specialists offers advanced colorectal cancer care and develops individualized treatment plans.

Colorectal cancer starts in the colon or the rectum. Depending on where the cancer starts, it can be referred to separately as colon cancer or rectal cancer.

Colorectal Cancer Diagnosis at Levine Cancer Institute

When colon and rectal cancers are found early, there is almost a 90 percent chance for cure. Early detection is the key to the best patient outcomes.

Several tests are available to screen for or diagnose colorectal cancer, and may be used together. These include:

  • Colonoscopy
  • Sigmoidoscopy
  • Virtual colonoscopy
  • Double contrast barium enema (DCBE)
  • Fecal occult blood test (FOBT)
  • Fecal immunochemical test (FIT)
  • Digital rectal exam
  • Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA)

Colorectal Cancer Treatment

Levine Cancer Institute’s physicians have years of experience and expertise in developing effective treatment for colorectal cancer. Surgery is the most common form of treatment, and our highly trained cancer surgeons decide on an appropriate method of surgery based on the tumor’s stage and location, as well as your condition and wishes. Surgery may be used alone or in conjunction with other treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

Colorectal treatment options include:

  • Polypectomy
  • Colectomy
  • Resection and colostomy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Targeted therapy
  • Treatment for metastases
  • Immunotherapy

Clinical trials may also be an option. View our current clinical trials.

Cancer Support Programs

The cancer care process can feel confusing and overwhelming at times – often involving physical, financial and emotional challenges for you and your family. From diagnosis to survivorship, we have numerous resources available to support you during your treatment experience.

Learn more about our cancer support programs.