Colorectal cancer is typically diagnosed by a gastroenterologist and primarily treated in three ways: with medicine, with radiation and/or with surgery. Your team of cancer physicians may include:
- Colorectal surgeons
- Medical oncologists
- Radiation oncologists
- Surgical oncologists
- Other specialists
You can also consult the key below for a description of specialties:
Physicians who specialize in diseases of the digestive tract (gastrointestinal or GI).
Hematology and Oncology
Physicians who coordinate and oversee your colorectal cancer care. Medical oncologists specialize in the medical treatment of cancer, such as chemotherapy.
Physicians who specialize in minimally invasive procedures.
Physicians who specialize in treating cancer with radiation therapy, called radiation oncologists.
Physicians with special training in reading x-rays and other types of imaging to diagnose diseases.
Physicians who specialize in the diagnosis of disease, including cancer.
General surgeons, including surgical oncologists.
Surgery - Colon and Rectal
Surgeons who specialize in colorectal surgery, for the treatment of colon and rectal cancers.