Colorectal Cancer

With active screening programs and better treatments, like minimally invasive endoscopic and laparoscopic colon surgery, death rates from colorectal cancer have declined substantially.

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in both men and women. It was expected that over 1,600 people would be diagnosed in Connecticut in 2016, with 95,270 cases of colon cancer and 39,220 cases of rectal cancer expected across America. Our board-certified colorectal surgeons are innovators in the use of minimally invasive endoscopic and laparoscopic colon surgery and other new techniques. Patients benefit from the latest treatment protocols of our partner institution, Memorial Sloan Kettering - the country’s premier cancer center. This means patients have direct access to world-renowned clinical expertise and research trials - all while being treated close to home.

 
 
When you hear the word cancer, there’s a whole range of emotions that washes over you – shock, anger, fear.
 

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Colorectal Cancer Symptoms

Unfortunately, colorectal cancer often does not cause symptoms until after it has started to spread. If you have any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with the doctor right away.

  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Blood in your stool or very dark stool
  • You have a major change in your bowel habits, such as more frequent stools or the feeling that you cannot empty your bowels completely.

Colorectal Cancer Treatments

Colorectal cancer is treated with surgery, chemotherapy or radiation. A combination of these treatments may be used.


Risk Factors for Colorectal Cancer

The risk of colorectal cancer increases with age. Other risk factors include: obesity, physical inactivity, long-term smoking, high consumption of red or pro-cessed meat, low calcium intake, moderate to heavy alcohol consumption, and very low intake of fruit and vegetables.


How Colorectal Cancer is Diagnosed

Since early stage colorectal cancer does not usually have symptoms, screening is particularly important for patients. Pre-cancerous lesions can be found and removed to prevent cancer, and earlier stages of colorectal cancer have more treatment options. Every March, the Cancer Institute hosts important screening events during Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

Beginning at age 50, people at average risk for developing colorectal cancer should begin screening.



Meet our Colorectal Cancer Specialists:

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Name Specialties Location
Alekshun, Todd Joseph, MD 860.972.4183
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Medical Oncology
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  • Avon
  • Tolland
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Aujla, Amandeep, MD 860.456.5330
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Medical Oncology
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  • Willimantic
  • Norwich
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Barczak, Rafal, MD
4.9 /5
135 surveys
203.238.2691
  • Colon & Rectal Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Meriden
Bartus, Christine Marie, MD, FACS, FASCRS
4.9 /5
162 surveys
860.223.0800
  • Colon & Rectal Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Plainville
  • Southington
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Cannan, Catherine Joanna, APRN, NP-C
4.8 /5
73 surveys
860.224.4408
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Plainville
  • New Britain
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Cappa, Joseph Anthony, MD 860.657.1920
  • Gastroenterology
  • Glastonbury
  • Bloomfield
  • Bloomfield
  • Hartford
  • Hartford
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Casillas-Romero, Sergio Rafael, MD
4.9 /5
165 surveys
860.889.9080
  • General Surgery
  • Colon & Rectal Surgery
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  • Norwich
  • Waterford
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Cha, Charles, MD, FACS 203.576.6141
  • Surgical Oncology
  • General Surgery
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  • Bridgeport
Chaletsky, David Michael, MD 860.246.2571
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Bloomfield
  • Bloomfield
  • Glastonbury
  • Hartford
  • West Hartford
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Cipolla, Donna Marie, MD 860.657.1920
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Glastonbury
  • Avon
  • West Hartford
  • Wethersfield
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Cohen, Jeffrey Lewis, MD, FACS, FASCRS 860.548.7336
  • Colon & Rectal Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Hartford
  • Farmington
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Coletti, David Edward, MD, FACS
4.9 /5
104 surveys
860.886.0660
  • General Surgery
  • Breast Surgery
  • Colon & Rectal Surgery
  • Endocrine Surgery
  • Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine
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  • Norwich
  • Mystic
  • Waterford
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Czyrko, Christina, MD, FACS, FASCRS 860.826.3880
  • Colon & Rectal Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Plainville
Dost, Sara Naureen, MD
4.9 /5
123 surveys
860.972.4183
  • Medical Oncology
  • Hospice & Palliative Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Bridgeport
  • Hartford
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Einstein, Michael Mark, MD 860.972.4262
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Transplant Hepatology
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  • Hartford
Elias, Rawad, MD
4.9 /5
103 surveys
860.249.6291
  • Medical Oncology
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Hartford
  • Willimantic
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Ernstoff, Jon Jeffrey, MD 203.626.6540
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Meriden
  • Wallingford
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Feldman, Thomas Alan, MD 860.409.4567
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Farmington
  • Bloomfield
  • Glastonbury
  • Hartford
  • West Hartford
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Gelwan, Jeffrey Stuart, MD 860.657.1920
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Glastonbury
  • Bloomfield
  • Farmington
  • Hartford
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Golioto, Michael John, MD 860.246.2571
  • Gastroenterology
  • Hartford
  • Bloomfield
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Ianello, Joseph Louis, MD 860.253.6867
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Enfield
  • Putnam
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Jo, Kevin Seungho, MD 203.886.0036
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Wallingford
  • Hartford
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Johnson, Kristina Hope, MD, FACS, FASCRS
4.9 /5
109 surveys
860.548.7336
  • Colon & Rectal Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Farmington
  • Bloomfield
  • Glastonbury
  • Hartford
  • Hartford
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Johnson, Maria Elena, MD 203.626.6540
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Meriden
  • Bloomfield
  • Farmington
  • Hartford
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Kane, Michael Joel, MD
4.8 /5
194 surveys
860.443.4455
  • Medical Oncology
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Waterford
  • Norwich
  • Norwich
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