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Colon Cancer & Care

We treat cancers and disorders affecting the lower part of the digestive system including the anuscolon or rectum. Our colorectal surgeons specialize in minimally invasive surgical procedures that mean smaller incisions, reduced pain and faster recovery.

Colon Cancer Prevention & Screening

The numbers clearly make the case for getting a colon cancer screening:

  • More than 50% of deaths from colon cancer are preventable
  • Colon cancer is the number 2 killer in the U.S.
  • Every year, 1 in 20 people get diagnosed with colon cancer 

Find out how to get screened for colon cancer.

    A Life-Saving Procedure

    A routine colonoscopy detected Cindy's cancer early. She believes the procedure saved her life. View colon cancer transcript.

    Highly Ranked & Unique Services

    U.S. News & World Report has given our colon cancer surgery procedure the highest possible performance rating. And we house the only anal clinic in the region, allowing for effective interventions with anal cancer.

    Come to us for:

    • Second opinions
    • Genetic counseling
    • Modern infusion centers
    Get Screened
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    At UVA, we offer several different options for colorectal cancer screening. Talk to your primary care provider.

    Get Screened for Colon Cancer
    GI Diagnostics/Procedures
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    Our high-tech endoscopy procedures and diagnostic tests use the latest technological advances.

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    Digestive Health
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    Our gastroenterology and digestive surgery services have been listed among the top 10 percent in the nation.

    See Our Digestive Health Services

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    Enhanced Recovery After Surgery

    Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) is a protocol we follow to help care for you before, during and after surgery. You're actively involved your own recovery process. 

    ERAS helps you:

    • Recover sooner
    • Leave the hospital faster 
    • Have fewer complications after surgery

    What is ERAS?

    Components of ERAS include:

    • Pain management: We create a personalized pain management plan for you to limit your opioid (narcotic) use.
    • Early mobility and feeding: The sooner you’re eating and able to move normally, the sooner you can go home. 
    • Preoperative Gatorade: Drinking Gatorade prior to the operation will help your body get the energy it needs to be ready for surgery. 
    • Fluid management: We will only give you as much IV fluid as you need to prevent fluid overload and bloating after surgery.

    Learn more about ERAS.

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