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Rectal cancer is a disease that begins in the rectum, a part of the digestive system. Together, the rectum and anal canal make up the last part of the large intestine. The disease can develop when growths, or polyps, develop on the inner wall of the rectum and become cancerous.

Choosing a Rectal Cancer Specialist in Florida

Making a rectal cancer diagnosis requires significant expertise and the treatment may be complex because the rectum sits in a tight space, barely separated from other organs and structures. For these reasons, it’s important to find a multispecialty team of providers such as those found in Moffitt’s Gastrointestinal Oncology Program.

Our physicians have unique experience in diagnosing and treating even the rarest forms of cancer, helping out patients achieve a positive outcome and an improved quality of life. Our rectal cancer specialists include:

  • Medical oncologists
  • Hematologists/oncologists
  • Interventional radiologists
  • Pathologists
  • Radiologists
  • Radiation oncologists
  • Surgeons

Latest Treatment Options

Every patient’s treatment plan will vary based on a number of factors, such as the stage of the cancer and the overall general health of the patient. Our multispecialty team of oncologists comes together to review each patient’s case and recommend a treatment option specifically designed for each patient. The most common treatments fall into three main categories: 

  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy

We also conduct a wide range of clinical trials to help expand our treatment options and improve our patient outcomes. Many of our trials have led to significant breakthroughs in the field of rectal cancer treatment.

Why Rectal Cancer Patients Choose Moffitt?

Florida residents who are looking for a rectal cancer center to provide comprehensive screenings, diagnostic services and treatment are encouraged to come to the Gastrointestinal Oncology Program clinic at Moffitt Cancer Center. We offer a comprehensive range of rectal cancer treatment options in a single, convenient location.

Our dedication to advancing cancer research has earned us the designation of Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute, and we are the only such cancer center to be based in Florida.

Virtual Visits

In many cases, our rectal cancer patients can see a healthcare provider from the convenience of their home or office. The specialists at Moffitt are available for a variety of virtual visits, including regular follow-up, triage visits, pre-visit information sessions, medication review and more.

Traveling to Moffitt

Patients traveling to Moffitt from throughout Florida are encouraged to take advantage of our partner hotels nearby. These hotels offer discounted rates, comply with our rigorous hygiene standards and are committed to providing comfortable accommodations to our patients, caregivers and their families.

To learn more or consult with the rectal cancer specialists at Moffitt Cancer Center, complete a new patient registration form online or call 1-888-663-3488. We provide access to a cancer expert within one day.

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