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The most accurate method for diagnosing and evaluating colon and rectal processes is a colonoscopy. This endoscopic procedure should be performed in all patients age 45 and older as a screening tool. Colonoscopy should also be performed if you are experiencing symptoms of rectal bleeding, weight loss or a change in your bowel habits.

Treatment of colorectal cancer

Often, radiologic scans are performed to accurately stage the cancer prior to surgery.

Laparoscopic or robotic-assisted surgery is frequently used to perform bowel resection. Occasionally, an open approach or diverting ostomy is required. A multidisciplinary approach is used to provide individualized patient care.

Some patients may undergo additional treatment, such as radiation and chemotherapy.

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Commission on Cancer Accredited Program - A Quality Program of the American College of Surgeons

The UF Health Jacksonville cancer program is accredited by the Commission on Cancer, a quality program of the American College of Surgeons.

Clinical Trials: Colon and rectal cancer

UF Health research scientists make medicine better every day. They discover new ways to help people by running clinical trials. When you join a clinical trial, you can get advanced medical care. Sometimes years before it's available everywhere. You can also help make medicine better for everyone else. If you'd like to learn more about clinical trials, visit our clinical trials page. Or click one of the links below: