Colon Cancer


Colon cancer is cancer that forms in the tissues of the colon -- the longest part of the large intestine. Most colon cancers are adenocarcinomas (cancers that begin in cells that make and release mucus and other fluids). Patients with colon cancer cancer will be cared for by our Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer Team.

The Abramson Cancer Center hosts a wide range of materials and activities that provide education and support to address key areas of concern for cancer patients and their loved ones. We are proud that many of our innovative patient education programs have been recognized by national groups, including the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Patient Education Network.

Our educational materials and support activities help people deal with the physical and emotional consequences of a cancer diagnosis and treatment. They also assist patients and families to resume active lives after treatment.

Our support group meetings provide information on topics of

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Colon Cancer Treatment

Following the diagnosis and staging of colon cancer, cancer specialists at Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center develop a personalized treatment plan. Penn’s treatment options for colon cancer include:

  • Surgery
    • Segmented colon resection
    • Local excision
    • Resection of limited metastatic disease
  • Radiation therapy
    • 3-D conformal radiation
    • Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
    • Volumetric-modulated arc therapy (VMAT)
    • Proton therapy
  • Chemotherapy and biologic therapies

The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania is committed to helping each cancer survivor find ways to enjoy life to the fullest. We have a nationally recognized program that focuses on the issues that survivors face, called "Living Well After Cancer™."

The LIVESTRONG™ Survivorship Center of Excellence, The Living Well After Cancer Program (LWAC) at the Abramson Cancer Center, directed by Linda A. Jacobs, PhD, RN, is a clinical, research, and education effort focused on early intervention and prevention of disease as the ultimate goal.

The multidisciplinary LWAC Program currently provides care and research opportunities to cancer survivors treated at Penn, the University of Pennsylvania Cancer Network hospitals, and through the Living Well

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Edith Christmas

Edith Christmas lives up to the giving spirit of her last name. While caring for her ailing sister, Edith ignored the pain she was experiencing.

Watch CANPrevent Colorectal Cancer Conference to learn about your risk for developing colorectal cancer.

Watch Focus on Gastrointestinal Cancers Conference - Get information on the latest advances in gastrointestinal cancer risk, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, symptom management and psychosocial issues.

Watch Focus On Pancreatic Cancer Conference - Get information on the latest advances in pancreatic cancer risk, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, symptom management and psychosocial issues.

Watch the Focus On Neuroendocrine Tumors Conference

NBC10 Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Video with Dr. Gregory Ginsberg

OncoLink's" The Basics" -- Learn basic information about different gastrointestinal cancers.

 

OncoLink - Advances in Colorectal Cancer Screening. Read OncoLink's brown bag chat transcript.

Clinical Briefing: Management of Neuroendocrine Tumors

Abramson Cancer Centers Gastrointestinal Cancer Program is conducting exciting, innovation research entitled "The Mechanisms of Esophageal Carcinogenesis." This important project will define underlying mechanisms in the development of esophageal cancer that will lead to new ways to diagnose and treat this cancer. Find out more...



Clinical Trials

Colorectal Cancer Trials

Phase III Randomized Trial of the Role of Whole Brain Radiation Therapy in Addition to Radiosurgery... more


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