If you were diagnosed with colorectal cancer at any stage, Compass Oncology is here to provide you with the care and support you need. Our team of colorectal cancer specialists offers the most advanced and comprehensive options for treating colon and rectal cancer for patients in the Portland and Vancouver metro area.
For most colorectal cancer patients, we recommend meeting with an oncologist and a surgeon before you start any course of treatment. They will work together to create a plan with the right timing for each treatment, including surgery.
Every patient receives an individualized treatment plan and care based on their needs. Access to our multidisciplinary team of GI cancer care experts from the initial diagnosis results in more effective communication and a personalized, cohesive treatment plan.
Your colorectal cancer care team includes medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, and other cancer experts who assist with treating the side effects of cancer or its treatments.
If radiation therapy is included in the plan, this type of treatment is conveniently available in the same clinic where you receive medical oncology treatments.
Biomarker testing for colorectal cancer helps identify molecular subtypes that can be targeted with specific targeted therapies. This is a recent advancement in the way that colon cancer can be treated.
Many new, promising colon and rectal cancer treatments are under investigation through clinical research trials. Patients at Compass Oncology have access to many of these clinical trials through our cancer centers.
Compass Oncology's colorectal cancer specialists are available in the Portland-Vancouver metro area for patients looking for a second opinion before beginning the recommended treatments. Many patients find it helpful to consult with a medical oncologist before deciding on a plan of action.
Watch the video to learn about second opinions for cancer diagnosis and treatment. Our cancer doctors are available to discuss your test results, cancer diagnosis, and colon and rectal cancer treatment options.
Our cancer specialists are highly trained, board-certified experts and trusted leaders in GI cancer care, including colorectal cancer. The Compass Oncology medical oncologists and radiation oncologists collaborate with a surgeon when necessary to provide multidisciplinary care in the Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington regions.
Our cancer nurse navigator guides your journey from diagnosis through completion of cancer treatment. They work with social workers, oncology nurses, and patient benefit representatives to complement the physicians on our team.
The nurse navigator is a care coordinator who assesses patient needs to coordinate an education plan and provide community resources and support as needed. This helps improve each patient's experience and lessens the stress of treatment.
The medical oncologists create and manage cancer treatment plans, monitor progress, and collaborate on the best treatment options with other members of a colon cancer patient's team. They consult with patients and offer medical guidance to help them make decisions during the course of colorectal cancer treatment.
Radiation therapy could be part of the recommended treatment for some colorectal cancer patients. This type of cancer treatment is planned and administered by a radiation oncologist. At Compass Oncology, radiation oncologists and medical oncologists work together to treat each patient.
The Genetic Risk Evaluation and Testing (GREAT) program and the genetic counselors at Compass Oncology guide patients through deciding if genetic testing is right for them. Our counselors use this testing to help determine if a genetic mutation is detected. As experts in colorectal cancer genetics, they evaluate family history, provide guidance about cancer detection and reducing risk, as well as interpret testing results.
Survivorship support begins early for colorectal cancer patients so they can better navigate their treatment journey even after it ends. Through the Compass Survivorship Program, colorectal cancer patients will receive one-on-one visits to help improve overall physical and emotional well-being, information on managing the side effects of cancer or treatment, and follow-up plans to monitor health.