Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer develops in the final part of the digestive system: the longest part of the large intestine (the colon) and the tissue (the rectum) that connects the large intestine to the anus. Most colorectal cancers develop slowly over several years, usually starting as a pre-cancerous polyp on the lining of the colon or rectum, then growing into the tissue wall and possibly blood or lymph vessels.

Colorectal is the fourth-most commonly diagnosed cancer, and the second-leading cause of cancer deaths. But we are making strides—treatments continue to improve, and effective screenings can catch the disease in its earliest, most vulnerable stages.

Colon and Rectum Cancer Care 

We welcome the chance to help you with an initial diagnosis or provide a second opinion. Our program features:

  • Special Expertise and Experienced Team: Our colorectal surgeons are nationally known for their expertise and form the core of our experienced and compassionate team, one that can handle even the most complex cases. Our team works closely together to provide comprehensive care and includes a range of top specialists:
    • Colorectal surgeons (board-certified, with additional, specialized training in the colon and rectum)
    • Gastroenterologists
    • Gynecologic oncologists
    • Medical oncologists
    • Nurse navigator
    • Oncology nurses
    • Pathologists
    • Radiation oncologists
    • Support specialists
  • Convenience and Coordination: We offer a number of convenient locations for colorectal care, with appointment hours to meet your needs. We also offer a range of support services to make your care as easy as possible, including a personal nurse navigator to help you with decisions, paperwork and appointments.
  • Latest Treatments: We offer a range of cutting-edge treatments, including minimally invasive procedures such as laparoscopic, endoscopic and robotic-assisted surgery to speed recovery time and minimize post-operative pain.
  • Promising Clinical Trials and Research: Our clinical trials and studies offer promising new approaches, including heated chemotherapy during operations (HIPEC) for otherwise incurable cancer, targeting genetic changes in tumors and identifying new drugs and therapy combinations.

MedStar Colorectal Surgery Program

MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center is a part of the MedStar Colorectal Surgery Program, a regional network designed to provide excellence in care and ease of access throughout the Washington, D.C. area.  Our eight board-certified colorectal surgeons are specifically trained in the latest techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders of the colon, rectum, and anus.  We offer minimally invasive techniques toward reducing recovery time, minimizing hospital stay and facilitating the return to normal daily activity.

Learn more about cancer types treated at MedStar Southern Maryland.

Location Information

Cancer Care

MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center
7503 Surratts Road
Clinton, Maryland 20735
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Phone: 301-877-5800

Once a cancer diagnosis is confirmed, you will probably feel overwhelmed and scared. These feelings are normal. Remember that your MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center cancer team is doing everything possible to treat your cancer. Our experienced doctors excel at finding the balance between treating cancer aggressively and maintaining a high quality of life for patients.

Learn more about cancers types we treat.