Rectal Cancer


Rectal cancer forms in the tissues of the rectum (the last several inches of the large intestine before the anus). Patients with rectal 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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Rectal Cancer Treatments

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

  • Surgery
    • Local excision via the anus through transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM) or endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR)
    • Laparoscopic, robotic-assisted or open excision
    • Pelvic exenteration (removal of other affected organs in the pelvis)
  • Radiation therapy
    • Three-dimensional conformal radiation
    • Intensity-modulated radiation therapy

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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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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

Clinical trials are studies to find new ways to prevent, detect and treat cancer. The purpose of each clinical trial is to answer a specific question. Our physicians carefully design these studies to find new ways to improve care and quality of life ...


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