Cancer Care  ›  Gastrointestinal Cancers

Colorectal Cancer

According to the American College of Gastroenterology, a colonoscopy with polypectomy (removal of polyps) reduces the risk of colon cancer by 90 percent. Our gastroenterologists perform more than 13,000 colorectal cancer screenings a year. We recommend people schedule a first screening colonoscopy at age 50. However, those who have a family history of colorectal cancer or a personal history of inflammatory bowel disease may opt for a colonoscopy at a younger age.

Detection and Diagnosis

Our gastroenterologists use advanced tools to diagnose and stage colorectal cancer.

Colonoscopy has long been considered the gold standard for colorectal cancer screening and detection. Because it lets doctors see the entire colon, it’s the best way to detect and remove polyps—helping prevent colorectal cancer.

Both our hospital GI Center and Endoscopy Center in Arlington Heights use state-of-the-art diagnostic technology and high-definition imaging. Because of this, our detection rate for polyps is 57 percent, well above the national benchmark of 25 percent.

Upon diagnosis of colorectal cancer, our multidisciplinary team will work with you to create a comprehensive, individualized treatment plan. This includes, but isn’t limited to:

  • Collaborative review that occur at our monthly multidisciplinary Colorectal Tumor Board, which includes experts in radiology, pathology, medical and radiation oncology, a colorectal surgeon, a gastroenterologist, a genetic counselor and a nurse navigator who develop a preliminary plan best suited to your needs.
  • A personal nurse navigator who will be with you every step of the way to assist with whatever you might need—including emotional support and help navigating financial assistance—to make the process as patient friendly as possible.
  • Advanced treatment in state-of-the-art facilities.

Treatment Options

Patients diagnosed with colorectal cancer have treatment options, which may include the following:

Patient Story

Terri Moore

After a rectal cancer diagnosis in 2017, Terri kept the pain to herself and entered a world of self-blame. Now she’s revealing her story to encourage others not to fear or wait to get a colonoscopy because it saved her life.

Colorectal Cancer Screening & Treatment Locations
NCH Medical Group Primary and Specialty Care
NCH Medical Group Primary and Specialty Care

2101 S. Arlington Heights Road

Suite 108

Arlington Heights, IL 60005

224-404-6500

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Northwest Endoscopy Center
Northwest Endoscopy Center

1415 South Arlington Heights Road

Arlington Heights, IL 60005

847-660-7755

X.X mi

NCH Hospital and Emergency Department
NCH Hospital and Emergency Department

800 W. Central Road

Arlington Heights, IL 60005

847-618-1000

X.X mi

NCH Medical Group Surgery
NCH Medical Group Surgery

880 W. Central Road

Suite 5000

Arlington Heights, IL 60005

847-618-3800

X.X mi

NCH Medical Group Primary and Specialty Care
NCH Medical Group Primary and Specialty Care

455 S. Roselle Road

Suite 121

Schaumburg, IL 60193

630-671-4980

X.X mi

NCH Medical Group Specialty Care
NCH Medical Group Specialty Care

1051 W. Rand Road

Suite 210

Arlington Heights, IL 60004

847-725-8401

X.X mi

NCH Medical Group Primary and Specialty Care
NCH Medical Group Primary and Specialty Care

500 N. Hicks Road

Suite 100

Palatine, IL 60067

X.X mi

NCH Medical Group Primary and Specialty Care
NCH Medical Group Primary and Specialty Care

1941 Rohlwing Road

Rolling Meadows, IL 60008

847-618-0850 847-618-0859

X.X mi

NCH Medical Group Primary and Specialty Care
NCH Medical Group Primary and Specialty Care

21481 N. Rand Road

Kildeer, IL 60047

847-618-9696 847-618-9695

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NCH Medical Group Primary and Specialty Care
NCH Medical Group Primary and Specialty Care

199 W. Rand Road

Suite 203

Mount Prospect, IL 60056

847-618-5450

X.X mi

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