If you’ve been diagnosed with colon cancer, we recommend getting a second opinion before choosing where you’ll be treated.
Though you can benefit from a second opinion at any time, it is most valuable when you are first diagnosed and have the widest array of treatment options.
Fred Hutch is home to the region’s only Colorectal Cancer Specialty Clinic, where our medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists and supportive care professionals come together weekly to discuss and care for people with colon cancer as a team. During a single visit you get the second opinion of not one doctor but an entire group of specialists.
Talk with GI cancer experts who understand your disease in greater depth than the general oncologists in your local community.
Call us at (855) 557-0555 to request an appointment for a second opinion.
How a second opinion can help
Getting a second opinion from doctors who specialize in colon cancer can help you:
Feel confident that your cancer has been accurately diagnosed and staged
Pathologists, radiologists and gastroenterologists from Fred Hutch are experts in diagnosing colon cancers and have access to the latest technologies to help ensure we know as much about your cancer as possible.
Consider state-of-the-art treatment options
A second opinion may identify better, more advanced or more aggressive options, including minimally invasive techniques, such as laparoscopic surgery, and clinical studies of new chemotherapies.
If your cancer has spread to your liver, we offer a wide array of therapies, from concurrent colon and liver surgeries to transarterial chemoembolization, for secondary tumors through the Liver Tumor Clinic at UW Medical Center - Montlake.
Understand the benefits of specialized, multidisciplinary care
The team of colon cancer specialists from Fred Hutch offers in-depth understanding of the full spectrum of treatments. We have first-hand knowledge of current research and a wealth of treatment experience.
Start with a course of therapy tailored to you
We focus on you, not just your cancer, when developing a treatment plan. We consider your goals, plans, beliefs, values and preferences to design your treatment holistically.
Learn whether genetics play a role
Your genetic make-up may have played a role in the development of your cancer, and it might impact your treatment. All patients who come to our Colorectal Cancer Specialty Clinic have genetic testing and microsatellite instability testing, which can identify a DNA-repair problem that leads to tumors. Some patients need further testing for a hereditary condition called Lynch syndrome. Depending on our findings, you and your family may benefit from Fred Hutch’s Gastrointestinal Cancer Prevention Program.
Request a second opinion
We recognize that colon cancer is serious. Getting a second opinion does not have to delay the start of your treatment. We aim to see you within one week.
A procedure in which the blood supply to a tumor is blocked after anticancer drugs are given in blood vessels near the tumor. Sometimes, the anticancer drugs are attached to small beads that are injected into an artery that feeds the tumor. The beads block blood flow to the tumor as they release the drug. This allows a higher amount of drug to reach the tumor for a longer period of time, which may kill more cancer cells. It also causes fewer side effects because very little of the drug reaches other parts of the body. Chemoembolization is used to treat liver cancer. Also called TACE and transarterial chemoembolization.