Small polyps, known as adenomas or growths in the colon or rectum can lead to cancer, although very few polyps are actually cancerous.

One of the most common and preventable cancer types in men and women, cancers of the colon and rectum (colorectal) typically occur without symptoms, except for some abdominal discomfort, a change in bowel habits or bleeding. Regular screening colonoscopies can prevent these cancers through early detection and treatment, resulting in improved survival rates, especially for people over 50. Screening at earlier ages may be recommended if you have a family member who has been diagnosed with colorectal cancer.

Extensive Experience. Advanced Technology.

Portsmouth Regional Hospital offers you a full range of gastrointestinal services and tests and imaging options related to diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care for colorectal cancer. We perform colorectal procedures, including colonoscopy, to prevent cancer by removing polyps and to address related conditions.

If surgery is needed, our highly skilled and proficient surgeons use the latest in minimally invasive procedures, including laparoscopy, to remove colorectal cancers and reconnect intestinal tissue, which means you experience less post-procedure pain and faster recovery. Chemotherapy may also be an option for follow-up care, especially if lymph nodes are involved.

Learn more about colorectal cancer in our online Health Library.

Rehabilitation & Recovery

Support your recovery and regain function during and after cancer treatment by taking advantage of the extensive outpatient rehabilitation services available to you through Portsmouth Regional Hospital. Your overall recuperation, return to daily activities and outlook on life can also benefit from our services for palliative care, pain management, behavioral health and integrative care.