Conditions and Treatment

Types of colorectal cancer and safe and effective treatment options.

If you’re diagnosed with colorectal cancer, it’s important to understand your condition and treatment options. Our colorectal cancer team specializes in colorectal cancer diagnosis and treatment. We’ll provide the information you need and compassionate care from your first appointment through recovery.

Types of colorectal cancer

Our cancer specialists diagnose and treat all three types of colorectal cancer:

Colorectal cancer may spread to nearby or distant parts of the body. That’s why it’s important to find the cancer at an early stage, when treatment is more effective and less invasive.

Colorectal cancer treatment

We take a team approach to treat colorectal cancer with safe, effective techniques. Our cancer specialists will explain your treatment plan and answer questions before we decide, together, on your care.

We offer advanced, minimally invasive surgery to promote fast healing and recovery, including transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM). TEM is a procedure to remove polyps (abnormal growths) and tumors with no incision. We are the only site in Michigan currently offering transanal total mesorectal excision (TaTME) for rectal cancer.

Chemotherapy and radiation

Depending on your type of colorectal cancer, we may recommend a combination of treatments, including chemotherapy or radiation therapy. We use the safest treatments that allow us to precisely target tumor cells and spare healthy tissue.

Clinical trials

We also offer access to clinical trials that test new therapies not yet widely available. Our team is paving the way for new cancer treatments with research on personalized gene therapy.

Ostomy for colorectal cancer

An ostomy is a surgical opening created in the body that allows waste to be removed without passing through the colon, rectum, or anus, depending on the location. Waste instead collects in a bag so it can be disposed of. Colostomy and ileostomy are two types of ostomy.

If you need an ostomy, our nurse practitioner will meet with you privately and help you understand how to care for your temporary or permanent ostomy.

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Clinical Trials

Cancer Institute