Our Services

The Providence Colorectal Cancer Surgery Program offers patients the following services in conjunction with our multidisciplinary cancer program.

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is the use of medicine to destroy cancer cells. Chemotherapy is called a systemic treatment because the medicines enter the...

Clinical trials, cancer

Clinical trials are research studies in which people help doctors and researchers find ways to improve health care. Each study tries to answer...

Colon surgery

Colon surgery (removing the cancer in an operation) is the most common treatment for all stages of colon cancer. A doctor may remove the cancer...

Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy enables your doctor to examine the lining of your colon (large intestine) for abnormalities by inserting a flexible tube as thick as your finger into your anus and slowly advancing it into the rectum and colon.

Colorectal cancer education and research

Providence Colorectal Cancer Surgery Program medical director Mark H. Whiteford, M.D., is highly involved in education of other healthcare...

Endoscopic ultrasound

Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS). In this test, a small ultrasound probe at the end of the endoscope is placed down the throat to the chest area. The...

Minimally-invasive colorectal surgery

Surgery to remove cancer is almost always the main treatment for colorectal cancer. The type of surgery depends on the size and location of your...

Oncology nurse navigator

An oncology nurse navigator is an oncology certified nurse (OCN) who provides  education for each cancer patient concerning their individual...

Radiation therapy

External beam radiation therapy treatment, also called x-ray therapy, is directed at the tumor from a machine located away from your body, usually...