Colon Cancer Treatment & Individualized Care

If you've recently received a colon, rectal, or anal cancer diagnosis, your world may feel like it's spinning. It can be scary figuring out what to do next. At UVA, we're here to help you navigate the diagnosis and treatment of colorectal cancer.

Why Choose UVA for Colorectal Cancer Treatment

UVA Cancer Center provides individualized care for colon cancer. We offer the latest treatments, including chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. We can remove tumors using robotics and small cameras. These methods mean:

  • Smaller cuts
  • Less pain
  • Faster recovery

Treatment may include one or more of the following options:

  • Surgery
    • Polypectomy and local excision 
    • Partial colectomy 
    • Laparoscopic-assisted colectomy 
    • Total colectomy 
  • Radiation therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Targeted therapy

We also offer a specialized recovery program called Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS). ERAS puts you and your family at the center of the care team, so you can return to your normal life as quickly as possible. 

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, bringing effective anal cancer treatment close to home.


    Colorectal Cancer Treatment Options

    Charles Friel, MD, and Tracy Hedrick, MD, are two of our board-certified colon and rectal surgeons. They describe the full range of surgical care available at UVA for diseases of the anus, colon and rectum, including cancer. View Colorectal Cancer Treatment transcript.

    Colon Cancer Diagnosis

    There is a variety of tests available today to screen for colorectal cancer, including:

    • Fecal occult blood test
    • Colonoscopy
    • Sigmoidoscopy
    • Barium enema
    • CT colonography

    Additional tests may confirm the presence of colon cancer, determine what stage the cancer is in, and/or determine if the cancer has spread:

    • Biopsy
    • Polypectomy
    • CT scan
    • PET scan
    • Transrectal ultrasound
    • Blood tests to look for anemia and cancer markers in the blood

      Content was created using EBSCO’s Health Library. Edits to original content made by Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia. This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice.