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Colon & Rectal Cancer

Asplundh Cancer Pavilion

We provide outstanding, comprehensive care for colon cancer, rectal cancer or anal cancer.

Colon Cancer awardOur team uses the latest technology to diagnose and treat colorectal cancer. These highly experienced specialists include medical oncologists, colorectal surgeons, surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists and interventional radiologists.

Colorectal Cancer Diagnosis

We have the most up-to-date diagnostic services to identify colon cancer and other colorectal cancers. Tests may include sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, barium enema, CT, MRI and PET scans. We also provide consultations (second opinions) for patients originally diagnosed elsewhere.

Colon Cancer Treatment

Our specialists are highly experienced and individualize treatment for each patient. They also conduct clinical trials research, giving patients opportunities to participate and benefit from innovative therapies.

Minimally invasive surgery (colectomy) produces excellent results with a much shorter recovery and less risk of complications than open surgery. Many patients, including older people, may be good candidates for laparoscopic colectomy.

Chemotherapy, a whole body treatment, may follow surgery. Targeted therapy also may be used.

Radiation therapy, including IMRT (intensity-modulated radiation therapy) and IGRT (image-guided radiation therapy), delivers high-powered radiation in focused beams. This targets the cancer and avoids healthy areas. Radiofrequency ablation, an interventional radiology procedure, is a minimally invasive option for patients who cannot have colorectal surgery.

Fertility Preservation

Before starting any cancer treatment, talk with your oncologist about whether the therapy could affect your fertility. Our reproductive endocrinologists help with fertility preservation before cancer treatment or appropriate infertility treatment if cancer therapy has already been given.

Help Navigating Your Cancer Treatment

Whether you are newly diagnosed or in treatment, our cancer navigators provide help and support. The nurse navigator for colorectal cancer, Jennifer L. Gabriele, RN, BSN is available at 215-481-6387 or

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Honored for Cancer Expertise

The American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer awarded Abington's program the  Outstanding Achievement Award in 2012 and 2015, one of only eight programs nationwide to earn this award two survey cycles in a row.

CoC Outstanding Achievement Award 2012

CoC Outstanding Achievement Award 2015