The Lahey Health Cancer Institute (LHCI) offers the latest tools and techniques for screening and diagnosing colon cancer, which includes cancer of the colon, rectum, and anus.
A Precise Diagnosis
Our goal is to provide a precise diagnosis and stage your tumor to help guide the most appropriate treatment plan. The good news is that colorectal cancer is curable when discovered and treated appropriately in its early stages.
LHCI has a nationally renowned surgical team comprised of leaders in their field who have played national roles with the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.
Wide Range of Procedures
The most common and effective screening and diagnostic procedure for colon cancer is a colonoscopy. At LHCI, we offer both standard and virtual colonoscopy. Our diagnostic tools also include CT scans, PET scans, MRI, ultrasound, and endoscopy techniques.
LHCI providers from various disciplines come together to diagnose colorectal cancer and form a treatment plan, including a speciality team of radiologists, surgical oncologists, colorectal surgeons, pathologists, and other experts.
About Virtual Colonoscopy
In a standard colonoscopy, the clinician uses a long, flexible, narrow tube with a light and tiny camera on one end, to look inside your rectum and colon. With virtual colonoscopy, a tube is inserted a shorter distance into your colon, and x-rays and computers are used to produce two-dimensional and three-dimensional images.
Unlike colonoscopy, virtual colonoscopy does not require sedation or anesthesia. Research shows that both exams are good options to diagnose colorectal cancer. Your Lahey Health doctor can advise you on the best option for you.
If Colorectal Cancer Is Confirmed
If your test results show colorectal cancer, be assured that you will not be in it alone. We will pair you with a patient navigator to help guide you through treatment decisions and survivorship. We will support you, educate you, and treat you according to best practices and the highest clinical standards.
If you have been diagnosed with colorectal cancer or have a family history of colorectal cancer, you may be interested in genetic counseling – and Lahey Health is among the pioneers in this area.
We have a robust Familial Cancer and Hereditary Risk Assessment program that is staffed by certified genetics counselors for all types of cancer, not just colorectal cancer. If you are at higher risk because of your family history, we can provide guidance on how to manage your risk.