Colon Cancer

Patients come from all over the Northwest and beyond to receive care from our team of board-certified physicians, nurses and caregivers with special interests in the diagnosis and treatment of colon cancer.

Our highly experienced team of experts includes medical oncologists, gastroenterologists, surgeons, radiologists, pathologists, radiation oncologists and nurses who work together to personalize your care, from diagnosis through treatment and recovery. The team will answer your questions and provide the detailed information and guidance you need throughout your treatment so that you can make the most informed choices about your care.

To learn more about colon cancer care at Virginia Mason or to make an appointment, please call (206) 341-1200.

Colon Cancer Screening

We have an exceptional record for prevention and screening of colon cancer. Our skilled gastroenterologists perform almost 6,000 screening colonoscopies each year with a high rate of polyp and cancerous tissue detection.

Innovative Approach to Colon Cancer Treatment

Virginia Mason is a leader in state-of-the-art treatment options in surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Our colorectal surgeons are well trained in minimally invasive laproscopy, robotic and trans-anal techniques so that patients can recover quickly and preserve vital bodily functions. Our program offers:

  • Dedicated colorectal cancer surgeons — Our surgeons specialize in surgery of the colon and rectum that provides patients with improved bowel function, fecal continence and cure rates.
     
  • Internationally recognized GI department — The Digestive Disease Institute at Virginia Mason is ranked among the top 5 percent in the nation for overall gastroenterology (GI) services. Patients with advanced colon cancer may be seen first by a gastroenterologist to have a stent placed, thus avoiding an emergency colostomy. 

  • High-volume cancer surgeries — Virginia Mason performs above-average rates of colon and rectal cancer surgeries and is considered a high-volume hospital for this reason. Several studies have shown improved survival for patients undergoing surgery in hospitals that perform a high volume of cancer surgeries. 

  • Dedicated gastrointestinal tumor board — Physicians hold regular "tumor board" meetings in colorectal cancer where a multidisciplinary team of specialists develop an individualized treatment plan for each patient.  

Clinical Trials

Virginia Mason is relentlessly devoted to providing exceptional health care — which is why we conduct clinical studies to improve the way we diagnose, treat and prevent disease. Benaroya Research Institute (BRI), oversees all clinical research at Virginia Mason, uniquely combining the expertise of a world-renowned medical research institute with the remarkable care of a health care quality leader.

For more than 20 years, the goal of our clinical research program has been to provide each of our patients with a research option at every step of their disease, from initial diagnosis to long-term follow-up. Our trials include the use of chemotherapy, radiation and targeted therapies, as well quality of life/symptom management trials. Learn more about our current colon cancer clinical trials.

Prompt Access to Our Services

New patients often see a physician the same day they call, allowing therapy to begin almost immediately. Care before and after surgery is specifically designed to rapidly restore health and get patients back to normal activity as soon as possible.

For more information about cancer care at Virginia Mason, please call (206) 341-1200.