Colon Cancer Treatment Options

At the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, your colon and rectal cancer team includes medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists, gastroenterologists, genetic counselors, pathologists and interventional radiologists as well as nurses and social workers who specialize in working with cancer patients. Our team meets weekly to discuss all our colon and rectal cancer patients and create individualized treatment plans for each patient.

We offer a variety of treatment options for colon and rectal cancer. These include:

  • Preventative screening
  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Genetic risk assessment

Our colon and rectal cancer doctors are fellowship trained and have extensive knowledge about the diagnosis, treatment and cure of colon and rectal cancer.

Medical therapy

Our medical oncologists are board certified and work with your entire treatment team to provide medication and clinical trials as one of your treatment options.

Our team includes community medical oncologists who have a special interest in colon and rectal cancer. These doctors have clinics throughout the Portland Metro area, giving patients the option to stay within their community for treatment.

Surgical services 

Surgery remains the cornerstone of treatment to cure colon and rectal cancer.

Among the best doctors in this field, our surgeons work together with of the rest of the cancer team to develop the appropriate treatment for you.  At OHSU, you will receive individualized treatment and care. 

Radiation therapy

We have state-of-the-art treatment and imaging technology and are leaders in image-guided radiation therapy for all areas of the body, including the colon and rectum. In addition, we are the only hospital in Oregon and SW Washington to use Mobetron therapy. The experience of our doctors combined with a wide range of equipment, including some of the latest methods, gives you the most options for your treatment.

Colon and rectal cancer radiation therapy options

Learn more about Mobetron therapy for advanced colon and rectal cancer

When colon cancer metastasizes

When cancer spreads from one part of the body to another, this is called metastasis.

When colon cancer metastasizes, it usually goes into the liver, which is near the colon. The cancer cells travel into the liver via the bloodstream, or through lymphatic vessels. 

We have treatment options for when this occurs. In particular, we offer hepatic artery infusion (HAI), a new and powerful treatment for colon cancer that has spread to the liver.