The Colorectal Cancer Screening Program

The Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center offers an extensive Colorectal Cancer Screening Program that includes advanced colonoscopic imaging for early cancer detection, as well as state-of-the-art endoscopic approaches to colon polyp removal, including:

  • Minimally invasive surgery for colon and rectal cancer
  • Sphincter-sparing surgery for rectal cancer
  • Advanced and complicated surgery for colorectal cancer
  • Complex re-operative surgery for colon and rectal cancer
  • Multidisciplinary (team) management of advanced colon and rectal cancer
  • Hereditary cancer (Lynch syndrome and HNPCC) and polyp syndromes (FAP, MYH and serrated polyposis)
  • Anal cancer and dysplasia (pre-cancer)
  • Benign and malignant tumors of the small bowel and appendix
  • Surgery to correct complications related to prior surgery

Why You Should Request a Screening Colonoscopy


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Meet the Teams

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The Northwestern Medicine Colorectal Disease teams offer extensive programs that include advanced colonoscopic imaging for early cancer detection and state-of-the-art endoscopic approaches for screening.

Treatments and procedures

  • “Incisionless” Trans-anal Surgery for Rectal Polyps and Cancer
  • Colonic Stent Placement
  • Endoscopic Complex and Large Polyp Removal (Endoscopic Mucosal Resection)
  • Laparoscopic (Minimally Invasive) Partial Colectomy
  • Laparoscopic J-pouch (Ileal Pouch Anal Anastomosis) Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Rectal Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Total Colectomy
  • Laparoscopic Total Proctocolectomy
  • Traditional Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery (TEM)

Colorectal Cancer Risk Assessment

Cancer of the colon or rectum (colorectal cancer) usually develops slowly, over several years. Take this simple assessment to learn about your risks for colorectal cancer.

What Is Colon and Rectal Cancer?

Cancer happens when cells in the body begin changing and multiplying out of control. These cells can form lumps of tissue called tumors. Cancer that forms in the colon is called colon cancer.

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