Our Services

Our program features these indicators of excellence:

  • Multidisciplinary tumor conferences
  • State-of-the-art diagnostic tools
  • Clinical and basic research protocols
  • Access to national research studies and innovative local protocols
  • Gastrointestinal oncology practice guidelines for health professionals

Cancer risk assessment and genetic counseling

Cancer risk assessment examines personal and family history information that influences cancer risk.


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...

Gastrointestinal cancer screening

Tests are used to screen for different types of cancer. Some screening tests are used because they have been shown to be helpful both in finding...

Image-guided biopsy

Ultrasound uses reflected sound waves to produce an image of organs and other structures in the body. This technology can be useful in helping...


Biologic therapy is a treatment that uses the patient's immune system to fight cancer. Substances made by the body or made in a laboratory are used...

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...

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...