Colorectal cancer refers to cancers affecting the lower part of the digestive system including the anus, colon or rectum. Taken together, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the U.S. UVA Cancer Center offers a dedicated team and support resources for patients with these types of cancers. Additionally, because colorectal cancer can be prevented, UVA offers screening and other information for patients who may be at risk.
The colorectal surgery team at UVA, including two board-certified colon and rectal surgeons, Charles Friel, MD, and Tracy Hedrick, MD, offers comprehensive surgical care for diseases of the anus, colon and rectum, including cancer. We specialize in minimally invasive surgical procedures including robotic, laparoscopic surgery and transanal endoscopic microsurgery. If you need surgery, we'll make sure you understand all of your options and are completely comfortable with the procedure and recovery plan.
At UVA, our team of colon cancer experts provide the latest treatments, including chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.
We can remove tumors with laparoscopic surgical techniques, which means smaller incisions, reduced pain and a faster recovery. Recent treatment advances are making surgical cure possible for more and more patients — even those with advanced-stage cancers.
We also offer:
- The only anal clinic in the region, which means we can diagnose and treat at a level most places can't
- A genetic counseling clinic to help us determine your risk for cancer and other inherited diseases
- Leading-edge for patients with colorectal cancer
- Colorectal Cancer Screening