If you’ve been diagnosed with rectal 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 rectal 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 gastrointestinal 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 rectal 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 rectal 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 for treatment, including sphincter-sparing surgeries, clinical studies of new chemotherapies and advanced radiation technologies, such as proton therapy.
Understand the benefits of specialized, multidisciplinary care
The team of rectal 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 rectal 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.
To request a second opinion with an Fred Hutch doctor, call (855) 557-0555.