Colorectal Cancer Care

Colon cancer is the country’s second leading cause of cancer death, but the good news is this cancer is often preventable and highly treatable if caught early. The Hank and Laurel Greer Colorectal Cancer Program is the Lowcountry’s leader in treating the most colorectal cancers, with highly skilled surgeons who are internationally recognized for robotic colorectal surgery.

Robotic Surgery

Diagnosis & treatment

Diagnosing colorectal cancer

When colon and rectal cancers are found early, there is almost a 90 percent chance for cure. Screening, early detection and diagnosis are key to the best patient outcomes. Roper St. Francis Healthcare uses a number of tests to screen for or diagnose colorectal cancer, including:

  • Colonoscopy
  • Sigmoidoscopy
  • Imaging, including CT colonography, MRI, and double contrast barium enema (DCBE)
  • Fecal tests, including occult blood test (FOBT), immunohistochemical test (FIT), DNA test (Cologuard)
  • Digital rectal exam

Colorectal cancer treatment

The Roper St. Francis Healthcare team brings international expertise to the effective treatment for colorectal cancer. Surgery is often the primary treatment, and chemotherapy and radiation therapy may be used in conjunction with surgery. Roper St. Francis is a national leader in robotic surgery specifically for colorectal cancer, as well as a teaching center for this advanced colon cancer fighting technology.

Primary colorectal cancer treatment options include:

  • Polypectomy
  • Resection of part of the colon or rectum, most often without the requirement for a permanent colostomy
  • Radiation therapy (rectal cancers)
  • Adjuvant chemotherapy
  • Chemoprophylaxis to prevent future colorectal cancers

Treatment options for advanced or recurrent colorectal cancer include:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Biological therapy
  • Surgical resection
  • Interventional techniques including radiofrequency ablation, chemo or radioembolization, or TrueBeam®

Clinical trials may also be an option. View our current clinical trials.

Multidisciplinary care plan

The treatment plan of most patients is discussed and agreed upon at a case presentation conference attended by the experts in all facets of colorectal cancer care.

Colorectal cancer support services

The cancer journey is often frightening, confusing and overwhelming – often involving physical, financial and emotional challenges for you and your family. From diagnosis to survivorship, we have numerous resources available to support you during your cancer journey. Learn more about our support programs for colorectal cancers. 


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