UnityPoint Health - John Stoddard Cancer Center

John Stoddard Colorectal Cancer Program

In the United States, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed among men and women. An estimated 108,000 new colon cancer cases and 42,000 new rectal cancer cases will be diagnosed each year. Colorectal cancer occurs due to changes in the cells that line the colon and the rectum. These cells may clump together to form a polyp which over time can turn cancerous. The cause of these changes may be either sporadic (unknown), familial/environmental or hereditary (gene mutation).

At John Stoddard Cancer Center, we are committed to quality and will be here for you and your family through every step of your battle with colorectal cancer. We use a multidisciplinary team approach bringing together the members of our colorectal treatment team twice a month to discuss the best practice for our patients to help ensure the best outcomes. Using our extensive experience dealing with every stage of this disease, our cutting-edge treatments and vast resources, we will do everything we can to help.

Resources for colorectal cancer patients at John Stoddard Cancer Center include:

  • Cancer care coordinators who provide education, guidance and support throughout each patient's journey and help access resources at Stoddard and in the community.
  • Weekly education classes for newly diagnosed cancer patients and monthly education classes for colorectal cancer patients
  • Colorectal Cancer Support Group for colorectal cancer patients and their loved ones. 
  • Physician specialists (medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, primary care providers) who meet with the entire care team to discuss treatment plans and coordination of care.
  • Radiation oncologists who employ state-of-the-art radiation therapy tools to treat colorectal cancer patients accurately and effectively.
  • Support services including social workers, psychologists, chaplains, and dietitians.
  • Genetic testing which can help people gauge their risk for colorectal cancer. When results are "positive," patients can take more aggressive steps to control individual risk factors, which may include lifestyle modification, additional screening, careful monitoring and follow-up tests.
  • Survivorship Program to provide patients with the needed support following treatment. Our program focuses on the health and life of a person with cancer beyond the diagnosis and treatment phases