Cancer Care

Colorectal Cancer Program

Our team is here to help

Colorectal cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the country, ranking third for both men and women. This cancer begins with the growth of polyps within the wall of the colon. If they grow large enough and go untreated they can travel to other parts of your body.

Screenings and treatment

Screenings are an important way to prevent colorectal cancer. Those over the age of 45 should have a screening every 5-10 years.

We offer treatment plans that can prevent a person from requiring an ostomy (an opening created in the abdomen). In cases where avoiding an ostomy isn’t possible, our patient care nurses are here to assist you.


How our team can help

Our Cancer Center takes a team approach to helping our patients get the care and attention they need.

Our team includes such specialists as:

  • Medical oncologists
  • Radiation oncologists
  • Pathologists
  • Diagnostic and interventional radiologists
  • Cancer patient navigators

Make an appointment

A referral is required. Contact your primary care provider to make an appointment. Don't have a doctor? View our primary care locations.

On your appointment day, please arrive at least 45 minutes before your scheduled time.

Defining Quality

  • Joint Commission National Quality Approval Award
    The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.
  • American College of Surgeons: Verified Trauma Center
    The Norman E. McSwain, Jr, MD, Spirit of Charity Trauma Center only verified Level 1 Trauma Center in South Louisiana.
  • City Business - Best Places to Work
    The Comprehensive Pulmonary Hypertension Center (CPHC) at University Medical Center New Orleans was awarded top-tier accreditation from the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA).
  • PHA Center of Comprehensive Care Award
    University Medical Center New Orleans is an Advanced Primary Stroke Center with a full stroke team on call 24/7 to immediately care for patients with stroke symptoms.
  • American Heart Association and American Stroke Association Primary Stroke Center
  • Commission on Cancer Accedited Program logo
    The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
  • Commission on Cancer Accedited Program logo
    University Medical Center has been designated an Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (ISDA).