World-Class Colorectal Cancer Care

If you’re faced with a colon or rectal cancer diagnosis, we at Stamford Health are committed to providing emotional support along with the latest medical and integrative medicine treatments and diagnostic services.

Our Carl & Dorothy Bennett Cancer Center, which relies on person-centered care with evidence-based treatment, broadened its relationship with Dana-Farber Brigham Cancer Center. This allows our patients to have enhanced oncology care from both world-class teams.

Cancer diagnosis and treatment can be a confusing, and sometimes frightening, process. Stamford Health’s nurse navigators ensure that no patient is ever left feeling alone. Our navigators work as part of a multidisciplinary oncology team to provide support to patients through their cancer treatment and into survivorship. They answer questions, coordinate appointments and services, and offer referrals to additional resources, if needed.

Stamford Health utilizes the most cutting-edge and advanced tests and treatments for our patients. This includes robotic assisted, minimally invasive procedures for fewer complications and a quicker recovery. When appropriate, we also offer Yttrium 90 (Y90), an FDA-approved treatment for stage IV colorectal cancer that has spread to the liver.

Meet Our Providers

  • Surgery
  • Medical Oncology
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Pathology
Marilee  Freitas
Colon and Rectal Surgery

(203) 323-8989

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Antonio I Picon
Surgical Oncology

(203) 276-2410

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Shahzad  Zafar
Colon and Rectal Surgery

(203) 323-8989

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Salvatore A. Del Prete
Hematology, Medical Oncology

(203) 276-2695

Paul L. Weinstein
Hematology, Medical Oncology

(203) 276-2695

Steven C Oh
Radiation Oncology

(203) 276-7886

Andrew W Smith
Radiation Oncology

(203) 276-7886

Elgida  Volpicelli
Anatomic Pathology, Dermatopathology

(203) 276-7420

A Closer Look At Our Cancer Care

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Our pathologists work closely with colorectal surgeons, oncologic surgeons, gastroenterologists, medical and radiation oncologists, and geneticists. This provides a greater level of care throughout diagnosis and treatment for each patient.
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Our deepening relationship means our physicians work with Dana-Farber Brigham doctors to provide a second opinion right from the start, access to clinical trials, and care guided by the most advanced evidence-based best practices in cancer treatment and research.
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Each month, our team holds a gastrointestinal tumor meeting to review and assess individual cases. All the members of our team, along with counterparts at Dana-Farber Brigham Cancer Center, work together to ensure the best personalized care plan is created for you.

Colorectal Cancer Screenings

Detected and treated early, colorectal cancer is often curable and even preventable. The key to early detection and treatment is screening with colonoscopy, starting at age 45. Stamford Health offers a variety of screening tests for colorectal cancer.

  • Colonoscopy
    We use the latest equipment, including a thin, flexible, fiberoptic colonoscope with a tiny, forward-viewing video camera that examines the inside of your colon for cancer and large precancerous polyps. The whole procedure takes no more than 15-20 minutes, and you won’t feel any of it. Learn more about to what to expect during a colonoscopy.
  • At-Home Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT)
    This test detects blood in the stool, a possible sign of colorectal cancer. An at-home test is good for patients who are older, and at higher risk for colorectal cancer. If it comes back positive, a follow-up colonoscopy is generally recommended. A negative result means you should repeat the FIT in three years.
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
    A colorectal surgeon examines the rectum and lower part of the colon for polyps or to collect tissue or cell samples. If found, you may require a colonoscopy. Otherwise, the test should be repeated every five years.

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Risk Factors

Certain genetic and lifestyle factors may increase your risk of developing colorectal cancer. These include:

  • Family history (especially colorectal cancer or endometrial cancer before age 50).
  • Lynch syndrome.
  • History of polyps.
  • Advanced age.
  • Lack of physical activity.
  • Obesity.
  • Alcohol and/or tobacco use.
  • Low-fiber, high-fat diet.

Colorectal Cancer Treatment Options

Our colorectal surgeons will work with you and their interdisciplinary partners to customize the appropriate treatment plan for your case, depending on the tumor location and the extent of your cancer.

Our colorectal surgeons personalize the surgical options for each patient’s specific case. Whenever possible, we opt for minimally invasive techniques for higher accuracy and a quicker recovery.
When you need radiation therapy, our expert team depends on the latest technology to care for you. Your radiation oncologist will develop a personalized care plan to deliver radiation to the tumor area, shielding as much surrounding normal tissue as possible.
If needed, your oncologist will create a plan for your chemotherapy treatment, which will include your dosage of medication and how often you’ll receive it. For immunotherapy, this ground-breaking treatment activates specific parts of the immune system to fight cancer.

Dana-Farber Brigham Cancer Center Collaborative

Stamford Health’s comprehensive, ongoing collaboration with Dana-Farber Brigham Cancer Center ensures that our patients receive world-class, clinical expertise close to home. Stamford Health physicians work together with Dana-Farber Brigham physicians to offer timely second opinions and allow access to the latest research, treatment options, and clinical trials. For more information on how this unique relationship helps our patients, watch the video.


Colorectal Cancer FAQs

  • Why is colorectal cancer screening important, and when should you consider getting screened?
    The American Cancer Society recommends that individuals at average risk begin screening at age 45. However, screening may start earlier based on family history, personal health, or other risk factors. Regular screening helps identify precancerous polyps or cancer in its early stages when it’s most treatable. Learn more about colorectal cancer screening.
  • What alternative colorectal cancer screening options are available at Stamford Health for individuals who may prefer options other than a traditional colonoscopy?
    Stamford Health offers various colorectal cancer screening options to cater to individual preferences. These include fecal immunochemical tests (FIT), flexible sigmoidoscopy, and CT colonography. Each option has its benefits, and our health care professionals can guide you in choosing the one that aligns with your preferences and comfort level.
  • Are there specific risk factors that might indicate a need for earlier or more frequent colorectal cancer screening?
    Yes, certain risk factors may warrant earlier or more frequent colorectal cancer screening. These include a family history of colorectal cancer, personal history of inflammatory bowel disease, genetic conditions, or certain lifestyle factors. It’s essential to discuss your individual risk profile with your health care provider to determine the most appropriate screening schedule for you.
  • If colorectal cancer is detected, what treatment options are available at Stamford Health?
    Stamford Health provides comprehensive and personalized treatment options for colorectal cancer. Depending on the stage and individual circumstances, treatments may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or a combination of these. Our dedicated team of specialists collaborates to develop a tailored care plan to meet your unique needs and support your journey to recovery.
  • Can I get a second opinion on my colorectal cancer diagnosis and treatment plan at Stamford Health?
    Absolutely. Seeking a second opinion is a valuable step in ensuring confidence in your diagnosis and treatment plan. Stamford Health encourages individuals to explore second opinions.

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