Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer can cause symptoms such as rectal bleeding and abdominal pain, or may start painlessly as small growths you may not know you have. That’s why a comprehensive program of colorectal care is so important: one focused on identifying the causes of troublesome symptoms as well as offering screening to find small colorectal cancers in their early, most curable stages. At NewYork-Presbyterian Queens, our approach to colorectal cancer care goes beyond treatment. We strive to maintain your quality of life and speed your recovery while aiming to achieve our ultimate goal: the cure of your cancer. Our colorectal cancer specialists treat people with all stages of colorectal cancer, with special expertise in the care of those with stage 2, stage 3, and stage 4 disease. 

A Team of Experts

Our colorectal cancer surgeons, gastroenterologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, and other specialists are known for providing leading medical, surgical, and supportive care for people with colon and rectal cancers. We will put together a team of healthcare professionals to provide the care you need. When planning your treatment, our physicians consider the type, location, and stage of your cancer, as well as your age and physical health.

Superior Surgical Care

Using laparoscopic, robotic, and open surgical approaches, our highly experienced surgeons are often able to maintain or restore continence when other centers are unable to provide such options. Besides the standard surgical removal of colorectal cancers, our surgeons perform complex procedures such as intersphincteric proctectomy (removal of the rectum) and colonic J-pouch and coloplasty (construction of a pouch to serve as a replacement for a surgically removed large intestine).

  • Minimally invasive colorectal surgery. We use minimally invasive surgery whenever appropriate — such as transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEMS) for rectal cancer — resulting in less postoperative pain, smaller incisions, a shorter recovery, and a quicker return to your regular activities.
  • Combined endoscopic-laparoscopic surgery (CELS). This technique is used in colorectal surgery to remove large, complex, or hard-to-reach polyps. For these types of polyps, the best treatment option has been to completely remove the affected section of the colon. The combined use of endoscopy and laparoscopy in CELS allows for better visualization and surgical manipulation in the colon.

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