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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
  • Gastroenterologists
  • Medical oncologists
  • Radiation oncologists
  • Surgical oncologists
  • Other specialists

You can also consult the key below for a description of specialties:

  • Gastroenterology

    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.

  • Interventional Radiology

    Physicians who specialize in minimally invasive procedures.

  • Radiation Oncology

    Physicians who specialize in treating cancer with radiation therapy, called radiation oncologists.

  • Radiology

    Physicians with special training in reading x-rays and other types of imaging to diagnose diseases.

  • Pathology

    Physicians who specialize in the diagnosis of disease, including cancer.

  • Surgery

    General surgeons, including surgical oncologists.

  • Surgery - Colon and Rectal

    Surgeons who specialize in colorectal surgery, for the treatment of colon and rectal cancers.

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