• Colon & Rectal Cancer

  • Colon, or colorectal, cancer is cancer that starts in the large intestine (colon) or the rectum (end of the colon). According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths in the United States. However, early diagnosis can often lead to a complete cure.

    Almost all colon cancer starts in glands in the lining of the colon and rectum. When doctors talk about colorectal cancer, this is usually what they are talking about. There is no single cause of colon cancer. Nearly all colon cancers begin as noncancerous (benign) polyps, which slowly develop into cancer.


    Learn more about colon and rectal cancer.

    Colon and rectal cancer treatment at Penrose Cancer Center in Colorado SpringsTreatment options include:

    • Surgery
    • Radiation therapy (including Cyberknife®)
    • Chemotherapy
    • Or a combination of treatments

    The treatment plan for an individual patient depends on a number of factors, including the exact type and location of the tumor, the stage of the cancer, and the person's age and general health.

    Our Gastrointestinal Nurse navigator: Teresa Labovich (719) 776-5954

    Our Team:
    The following physicians are part of the Penrose Cancer Center Physician Member program and practice in specialties involved with gastrointestinal cancers. This also includes our expert team of radiologists and pathologists.

    • Colorectal Surgery
      • Benjamin Delano, MD

    • Gastroenterology
      • Michael J. Baker, MD
      • Karin B. Cesario, MD
      • Austin Garza, MD
      • William Lunt, MD
      • Erik Vanos, MD

    • General Surgery
      • John Frerichs, MD
      • David Hamilton, MD
      • William Lechuga, MD
      • Michael McCann, MD
      • Peter Zimmer, MD

    • Medical Oncology
      • D. Scott Brantley, MD
      • Hyun Sue Kim, MD
      • Matthew Logsdon, MD
      • Maurice Markus, MD
      • Michaela Carmen Matei, MD
      • Timothy Murphy, MD, FACP
      • Robert Sayre, MD
      • Daniel Tell, DO, FACP

    • Radiation Oncology
      • Alan Monroe, MD
      • Anuj Peddada, MD
      • Andrew Tanner, MD

    Did you know?

    • In the past 10 years, more than 2,000 gastric and 1,000 colon procedures have been performed by our team of highly-trained and specialized surgeons.
    • Our services include a full array of minimally-invasive (laparoscopic) surgery techniques designed to improve patient outcomes and decrease hospital stays.
    • On average, it takes 38 days for our gastrointestinal cancer patients to go through surgery and begin chemotherapy. The national range is 30-41 days.
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