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Rectal Cancer

Rectal cancer is cancerous tissue that grows along and invades the wall of the rectum, the 5-inch structure located at the end of the colon.

At Penn Medicine, patients with rectal cancer receive care from a multidisciplinary team of nationally recognized experts in the diagnosis, treatment and research of rectal cancer.

Our unique approach to rectal cancer diagnosis and treatment provides better outcomes and gives you access to the most advanced treatment, surgical techniques and clinical trials available.

Understanding a rectal cancer diagnosis and treatment options can be difficult. If you would like to speak with a cancer nurse about a diagnosis, please call 800-789-7366 (PENN).

Learn more about our Colon and Rectal Cancer Program >

Oncology Navigators

Every step of rectal cancer treatment, from a cancer diagnosis and treatment, to forming a survivorship plan, comes with different needs and issues that should be addressed.

Oncology navigators are committed to making sure every patient experience is as comfortable as possible. They are experts in navigating complex health care situations and serve as a consistent point of contact and a reliable source for advice, support and direction for patients and families.