Denver colorectal cancer treatment center

Colorectal cancer develops in the colon and/or rectum. Some colorectal cancer patients are diagnosed through routine screening, while other patients report experiencing early symptoms of colorectal cancer, including:

  • Abdominal bloating, cramps or discomfort
  • Changes in your bowel habits
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Rectal bleeding or blood in your stool
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Unexplained loss of appetite
  • Weakness or fatigue

At Swedish Medical Center, our leading specialists perform advanced diagnostic tests to provide accurate and specific screening and diagnosis. We utilize a series of diagnostic imaging and laboratory tests including colonoscopies, biopsies, stool testing, MRI, CT scans, PET scans and ultrasound technology.

Through our cancer resource center, patients can also access support service professionals, including social workers, nutritionists, pain management physicians, nurse navigators, psychologists and a chaplain.

Comprehensive colorectal tumor treatment

We offer a wide variety of surgical and non-surgical treatment options to patients with colorectal cancer. Our colorectal specialists and board-certified colorectal surgeons are specially trained to utilize the most advanced treatment options, including minimally invasive surgical procedures.

Laparoscopic surgery, a proven method for minimally invasive colorectal surgery, involves a technique in which the surgeon makes small incisions and uses a camera attached to a thin metal telescope to watch a magnified view of the inside of the abdomen.

The robotic-assisted surgery method is a less invasive procedure that surgeons can use to operate through just a few small incisions. The colorectal surgeon utilizes special equipment to observe the inside of the abdomen with a 3D monitor.

Our colorectal specialists also utilize PINPOINT endoscopy technology. PINPOINT allows surgeons to visually assess the quality of blood flow in colon and rectal tissue, which can assist surgeons in determining healthy tissue while making surgical incisions.

For more information on colorectal cancer treatment at Swedish, please call (866) 779-3347.

Interdisciplinary team working together for you

While advanced technology is critical to providing expert cancer treatment, there are many components of the individualized treatment plans at Swedish. Our patients benefit from an entire team of experts weighing in on their care plans. Each case is brought to an interdisciplinary case conference during which experts from many different care departments provide perspective on treatment and progress. At the Center for Diseases of the Liver & Pancreas, our team of specialists come from many different areas, including:

  • Gastroenterology/Hepatology: Board-certified gastroenterologists offer advanced endoscopic techniques.
  • Interventional Radiology: Interventional Radiologists use minimally invasive image guided techniques to treat tumors or obstructions.
  • Surgery: General surgeons are fellowship trained in advanced surgical techniques involving gastrointestinal surgery. Surgeons specialize in the operative removal of tumors of the liver, pancreas, stomach, gallbladder, kidney or other parts of the GI tract.
  • Medical Oncology and Radiation Oncology: Medical oncologists administer specialized chemo-therapeutic treatment plans. Radiation oncologists deliver external and internal beam radiation therapy to referred patients, both inpatient and outpatient.

Patient navigation

A cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. That's why we have created a patient navigator program to streamline patient care and provide a single point of contact for patient and family needs. Specially trained oncology nurse navigators can help you access services during treatment and recovery. Our navigators craft medical survivorship plans for each patient. The plan includes the resources, remission instructions, warning symptoms, follow-up appointments, screening schedules and treatment dates for each patient's journey through survivorship.

About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute

Swedish Medical Center is part of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare. Our family of hospitals provides comprehensive cancer services with convenient access to cutting-edge therapies for people facing cancer in our communities. From diagnosis, to treatment and survivorship care, our oncology expertise ensures you have access to locally-trusted care with the support of a globally-recognized network.

askSARAH helpline

Have cancer questions? We can help. askSARAH is a dedicated helpline for your cancer-related questions. Our specially-trained nurses are available 24/7 and all calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (303) 253-3225 or chat online at askSARAHnow.com.