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Colorectal Cancer Expertise at the Cancer Institute at GMC

At Gwinnett Medical Center, we take a multidisciplinary approach to colorectal cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Fully accredited by the Commission on Cancer, the Cancer Institute at GMC provides the best patient-centered care for any of your needs. Our experts work as a team to guide you and your family through the entire process. We are close to home so you have the support and care of your loved ones, too. Providing the personalized care you need, we have a team of experts to help you, including:

  • Oncologists
  • Surgical oncologists
  • Nurse navigators
  • American Cancer Society Patient Navigator
  • Oncology nurses
  • Pathologists
  • Radiation oncologists
  • Rehabilitation specialists
  • Social workers
  • Nutritionists

 

Strong Affiliation with Duke Cancer Network

As the only health system in the state of Georgia with a research-based and education affiliation with the Duke Cancer Network, patients at the Cancer Institute at Gwinnett Medical Center benefit from the strong partnership. Building on the strengths of Gwinnett Medical Center’s highly developed oncology and research capabilities, this important affiliation provides an even broader range of clinical trials to truly expand treatment options for our patients fighting cancer.  

Affiliate Member of Lynch Syndrome Screening Network 

Lynch Syndrome is a hereditary colon cancer syndrome and Gwinnett Medical Center is committed to promoting the goal of routine screening for Lynch Syndrome. This allows the identification of patients and family members with this syndrome which increases their risk of colon, uterine and other cancers. GMC is an Affiliate Member of the Lynch Syndrome Screening Network and through this collaborative network, focuses on identifying Lynch Syndrome, sharing educational resources and data.

What is Colorectal Cancer?

Colorectal cancer is cancer of the colon and rectum. If the cancer forms in the colon, it is colon cancer; if it forms in the rectum, it's rectal cancer. Because of their similarities, they are often referred to as colorectal cancer, also known as bowel cancer. When cell changes occur in the lining of the colon or rectum, polyps can form and over time can turn to cancer. Colorectal cancers typically occur when polyp cells grow abnormally.

Men and women are equally at risk, with 90 percent of new cases occurring in those older than 50; however, colon cancer is on the rise in those under 50 years of age. The most frequent diagnosis in both men and women occurs between the ages of 65-74. The average risk is about 1 in 20, but survival rates have increased due to early detection through risk assessments and regular screenings.

 

Early detection saves lives. To request a FREE colorectal cancer screening kit, fill out our convenient online form or call 678-312-5000 and select option 1.