Colorectal Cancer Program
Colorectal Cancer Program

Digestive Disease Institute

Colorectal Cancer Program

  • Overview
  • Diagnosis & Treatment
  • Meet Our Team

Diagnosis & Treatment

Diagnosis of Colorectal Cancer

If a screening test shows any anomalies, our program experts will advise the next steps for a conclusive diagnosis. Diagnostic tests can include blood tests, a biopsy, colonoscopy or certain scans.

Treatment of Colorectal Cancer

If colorectal cancer is diagnosed, a treatment plan tailored to you is developed. Treatment involves a multidisciplinary approach, with experts from multiple specialties coming together to find the most appropriate course of action for you.

Treatment may involve surgery and, depending on the size and location of the tumor, chemotherapy and radiation may be necessary. The colorectal surgery team can usually perform minimally invasive surgery. Using state-of-the-art precision laparoscopic and robotic techniques, minimally invasive surgery means less pain, faster recovery and better treatment outcomes. Treatments may include:

  • Colon or rectal resection with liver resection
  • Colonoscopy with polypectomy, colonoscopy with endoscopic mucosal resection EMR)
  • Genetic counseling
  • Ileostomy and colostomy creation
  • Laparoscopic surgery
  • Proctectomy or rectal resection (low anterior resection, abdominoperineal resection, sphincter-sparing intersphincteric restorative proctectomy)
  • Minimally invasive Robotic surgery
  • Segmental (partial) or total colectomy
  • Small bowel resection
  • Total proctocolectomy with ileal J pouch reconstruction
  • Transanal excision, transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM)
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Meet Our Team

Patients undergoing colorectal surgery at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi enter the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) program. This program involves bringing together a range of caregivers who work together to make sure you recover from treatment as quickly as possible. Caregivers involved may include:

  • Nurses
  • Physicians
  • Surgeons
  • Enterostomal therapists
  • Nutritionists
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