Treating Rectal Cancer

At Scott & White, You're Treated as a Person, Not a Diagnosis
Our Tumor Board Sets Us Apart

As a rectal or colon cancer patient at Scott & White, you'll benefit from the expertise of the Scott & White Tumor Board.

Led by senior staff, our multi-
disciplinary board consists of rectal and colon cancer experts who discuss available approaches to care and create patient-specific treatment plans. This collaboration helps ensure you receive the highest quality, individualized care.

The clinical care and management of rectal cancer requires the expert skill and knowledge of a team of highly trained colorectal surgeons, radiation and medical oncologists, and a host of other specialists and subspecialists. We have them here. Our physicians at Scott & White have the training and experience necessary to expertly manage your rectal cancer.

As a Scott & White patient, you'll benefit from having a multidisciplinary team — your Integrated Care Team — working together under one roof to provide you with the best care possible at all stages of your cancer treatment.

The coordination of care from the front desk to the senior-most physicians guarantees we’re all working toward the same end: you. If you get down to simple things, such as medical records, access to imaging — being an integrated system as we are — we have all that at our fingertips.

J. Scott Thomas, MD, Colorectal Surgery

The members of your Integrated Care Team bring together the collective skill and expertise from all the specialties and subspecialties involved in your care, which can include:

Integrated Care Team members receive training in the most up-to-date surgical, radiation and medical therapies. And because Scott & White is a research institute and a teaching hospital, our oncologists can offer you the most current treatments available.

Collaborative Care and Expertise Help Ensure the Best Outcome for You

Sophisticated cancer care takes teamwork. That's why Scott & White promotes a collaborative environment.

Your Integrated Care Team will meet to discuss your specific needs and determine the best treatment options for you to consider. Then your lead physician will talk with you and, if you'd like, your family, about the team’s recommendations.

Together, you and your lead physician will decide which treatment choice is best for you.

Throughout your treatment, your physicians will continue to meet regularly to discuss your care. This ongoing, close collaboration helps ensure the best outcome for you.

Following active treatment, the cancer team will work with you to create the most appropriate follow-up care plan.

Your Treatment Options

At Scott & White, we explore every treatment option, considering surgical and nonsurgical alternatives. In many cases, your cancer treatment will include a combination of approaches. Treatment options include:

Factors That Impact Your Treatment Options

Your treatment options for rectal cancer generally depend on these factors:

  • Size and location of tumor
  • Whether your cancer has spread
  • Your age
  • Your overall health status
  • Your personal preference

When I see patients, they do tend to have a lot of questions, a lot of unanswered questions at that point, and so the first appointment tends to be a fairly extensive appointment, at which time we talk about the disease, the disease process, what to expect, and what we can do to help them.

Christal Murray, MD, Hematology/Oncology–Round Rock

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