Colorectal cancer forms in the tissues of the colon and rectum, often beginning as polyps that form on the inner wall. It is the third-most common cancer found in both men and women, with more than 200,000 cases diagnosed each year. These cancers are often grouped together because they share many symptoms and treatments. Most colorectal cancers are called adenocarcinomas. Survival rates of this cancer have improved due to more advanced screening methods.
Screening and Treatment
Because these cancers often start as non-cancerous polyps on the inner wall of the colon or rectum that can be detected with regular screenings, this type of cancer is considered preventable in nearly all cases. For most people, regular screening is recommended beginning at age 50. Symptoms of more advanced colorectal cancer most commonly include blood in the stool and changes in bowel movements. More advanced cancers will be reviewed by your surgeon, medical oncologist, and radiation oncologist to determine the best course of treatment.
Through close partnerships with Boston-based hospitals and the National Cancer Institute, we are able to offer cancer clinical trials designed to identify safer and more effective approaches to prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment of your cancer. Learn more about the current clinical trials available here
Education and Resources
The Cancer Center at Lowell General Hospital is committed to supporting your mental and physical health through every step of diagnosis, treatment and recovery. From dedicated physicians and nurses to social workers and support groups, the Cancer Center at Lowell General Hospital has several resources for you and your family, all close to home. Learn more about our resources to support your care here
Quality and Accreditation
The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has granted a three-year Approval with Commendation as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program to the Cancer Center at Lowell General Hospital, as well as its Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA), designed to recognize cancer programs that strive for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients.