Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer -- cancer that develops in the colon or rectum -- is the third most common cancer affecting men and women in the United States. But colorectal cancer is preventable, treatable and beatable! These cancers often begin as a growth of tissue, or polyp, in the lower part of the digestive or gastrointestinal system. Over many years these polyps can slowly change into cancer. Screening makes it possible to find these polyps and remove them before they become cancerous.

Legacy Cancer Institute specializes in screening, diagnosis, treatment, support and survivorship services for patients with colorectal cancer.


  • Patient testimonial

    "As brilliant as my doctors were, they are also down-to-earth and they treat you like an individual person."

    - Julie M., colon cancer survivor

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Award-winning care

Legacy ranks among the nation's top cancer programs and has received multiple quality awards including the Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer. The Commission on Cancer ranks Legacy's cancer program as one of the best in the nation. See how we compare with our peers.

Physician case review

Our multidisciplinary cancer care conferences review complex cases to provide an expert "second opinion" on diagnosis, pre-treatment evaluation, staging, treatment strategy and rehabilitation. The team includes medical oncologists, pathologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, surgeons, nurses, research coordinators and other cancer care staff.

You're not alone

Living with a diagnosis of cancer and its treatment can have a profound effect on your functional, emotional, social and spiritual needs. That's why we offer a wide range of support services to help you and your family.

Nurse navigators

Our personalized support services begin with our nurse navigators. They will help you throughout your treatment, from knowing what to expect to understanding your medications and helping you manage symptoms and treatment side effects. Contact a nurse navigator.

Locations and providers

Legacy Colorectal Cancer Center at Good Samaritan

Legacy Meridian Park Colorectal Cancer Program

Legacy Mount Hood Colorectal Cancer Program