Rectal Cancer

Rectal cancer is treated at Virginia Mason by a team of experienced professionals who provide a precise diagnosis and personalized approach to care that results in the best possible outcome. Our specialists include surgeons, radiologists and medical oncologists who work with other highly skilled healthcare providers such as nurses and nutritionists to ensure the comfort and safety of each patient.

Every treatment plan developed for a rectal cancer patient is reviewed by Virginia Mason's Tumor Board, a multi-disciplinary group that closely follows the patient's progress and makes recommendations for changes in the care plan as needed.

At every stage of care, patients are provided with the information they need to make an informed decision about treatment. To learn more about rectal cancer care at Virginia Mason or to make an appointment, please call us at (206) 341-1200.

Experience Counts

The multidisciplinary team that treats rectal cancer at Virginia Mason includes surgeons, gastroenterologists, radiologists, pathologists, and medical and radiation oncologists. Patients also receive support from skilled nurses, social workers, psychologists, dieticians and enterostomal therapists, healthcare professionals who are specially trained in the care of people with stomas, such as colostomies or urostomies. The specialists on rectal cancer team work closely together to ensure coordinated care, good communication and an aggressive but individualized approach to each patient's treatment.

Clinical Trials

Virginia Mason is relentlessly devoted to providing exceptional health care. This commitment includes conducting clinical research studies that may 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 Virginia Mason physicians.

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 rectal cancer clinical trials.

Personal Guidance

A cancer care coordinator is with each patient every step of the way, from diagnosis through recovery. The coordinator is always available to answer questions and assist in coordinating every aspect of a patient's care.

Prompt Attention

New patients often see a physician the same day they call, allowing treatment to begin quickly. Cancer care managers are readily available to answer patient and family questions and to expedite care.

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