Colorectal Cancer Program
The Colorectal Cancer Program at Huntington Hospital offers diagnostic,
surgical, medical oncology, radiation oncology and colorectal support
services. Our fellowship-trained and board-certified surgeons use the
most advanced and minimally invasive techniques to achieve outstanding
outcomes including lower recurrence rates and better postoperative function.
Please contact us with any questions (626) 397-2531.
Early Detection Through Screening & Diagnostic Radiology
As with most cancers, early detection dramatically improves colorectal
cancer survival rates. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) currently
estimates that one-third of the deaths from colon cancer could be prevented
if people would comply with screening recommendations.
Screening and diagnostic service options include:
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy Double contrast barium enema
- CT colonography (virtual colonoscopy)
- Preoperative staging with endorectal ultrasound, 3T MRI and PET/CT
Board-certified surgeons use advanced surgical and therapeutic techniques
Huntington Hospital’s fellowship-trained, board-certified colorectal
surgeons use the most advanced surgical techniques available, including
open, laparoscopic, microscopic and
Colorectal surgical procedures include:
- Endoscopic microsurgery (TEM) for early rectal cancer, allowing for removal
of rectal cancer through an operating microscope placed through the anus,
avoiding abdominal incisions.
- Low anterior resection with total mesorectal excision (TME) and autonomic
nerve preservation to ensure lower recurrence rates and better postoperative
sexual and urinary function.
- Colonic reservoir reconstruction for better postoperative bowel function.
- Ultralow anterior resection for anal sphincter muscle preservation.
Medical & Radiation Oncology
Studies indicate that using chemotherapy and radiation therapies prior
to surgery is associated with improved survival, decreased recurrence
rates, and higher rates of anal sphincter preservation. Huntington Hospital
is affiliated with several medical oncology groups with board-certified
hematologists and medical oncologists with a great deal of experience
in colorectal cancer treatment
The cancer center’s board-certified radiation oncologists specialize
in colorectal cancer care, and can provide all of the current techniques
for radiation therapy for colorectal, including 3-D reconstruction treatment
planning with cone-beam CT and multi-leaf collimators, and two new state-of-the-art
linear accelerators to deliver intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT)
and image guided radiotherapy (IGRT), allowing a more precise delivery
of radiotherapy with avoidance of normal tissue which can minimize treatment
Expert Review of Treatment Planning
The Colorectal Multidisciplinary
Tumor Board is an expert review board that gathers regularly to review and formulate
recommendations for the treatment of our colorectal cancer patients according
to NCCN (National Comprehensive Cancer Network) guidelines.
The board consists of a team of specialists, including radiologists, surgeons,
medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, psychologists,
social workers, clinical trial coordinators and nurse navigators, all
of whom are dedicated to developing customized treatment plans for our patients.