If you have been recently diagnosed with colon or rectal cancer, you probably have a lot of questions that need to be answered before making important decisions. As you consider your treatment options, take some time to learn about what you can expect during your treatment process, the types of doctors you'll visit with, and common questions that many patients have as a part of understanding their diagnosis, treatment options, and prognosis.
The oncologists at Compass Oncology, serving the Portland, OR, and Vancouver, WA areas, are experienced in colorectal cancer treatment, dedicated to creating a treatment plan that's right for you.
Throughout your cancer journey, several physicians will be involved in your care. By starting with a medical oncologist you will have a plan created for you that includes the surgeon, a radiation oncologist if needed, and a team of supportive care specialists to help you and your family through this challenging time.
Request an initial consultation appointment at one of our Portland or Vancouver locations that's convenient for you. Second opinions are also available. Taking the first steps can be scary, but we're here with you every step of the way.
Compass Oncology is your resource for understanding the signs and symptoms of colorectal cancer, along with how doctors will work to detect and diagnose the disease.
The risk factors of colon and rectal cancer include both controllable and uncontrollable factors. While you cannot do much to avoid the uncontrollable factors of colorectal cancer, you are able to make changes to decrease your risk from controllable factors.
Based on various factors, including the stage of your colorectal cancer, you and your doctor will discuss options for your cancer treatment. Those options can include:
At Compass Oncology, we participate in clinical trials through Sarah Cannon Research Institute (SCRI), a joint venture with US Oncology Research and are able to provide our community with access to new therapies in the Portland area.
We have over 70 ongoing clinical trials at any given time that include research for colon and rectal cancers. You can search for an available clinical trial that might be right for you.
Colorectal cancer affects many people of many different ages. Compass Oncology has many resources for patients and their families looking for survivor support and resources, including local colon and rectal cancer survivor support programs.
You could be at risk of developing colorectal cancer if you have a family history of the disease.
Our cancer genetic experts in Portland, OR, and Vancouver, WA are here to guide you through cancer genetic counseling. Find out if you are at risk for hereditary colon cancer syndromes, and if you should take advantage of the Genetic Risk Evaluation & Testing Program.