Specialists in Cleveland Clinic Florida's Colorectal Cancer Program, treat and diagnose patients with a number of disorders including colon cancer and rectal cancer. The team uses a multidisciplinary approach to treating colorectal cancer. Cleveland Clinic Florida's Department of Colorectal Surgery is the most established colorectal surgery center in Florida and has the largest colorectal residency-training program in North America. In addition, the Gastroenterology and GI surgery program have been consistently ranked within the top programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report

Our colorectal cancer team is housed in one location which provides patients with an added convenience. Patients receive the care they need right away without waiting for separate appointments with multiple doctors in  various locations. Together, we explore the best medical and surgical options to ensure the most successful outcome for each patient. 

Rectal Cancer

Rectal cancer occurs in the rectum, which is the last six to nine inches of the large intestine. Rectal cancer occurs when cells lining the large intestine grow and divide in an uncontrolled manner. Many things contribute to this uncontrolled growth, including genetics, diet and other environmental factors.

The American Cancer Society estimates 43,030 new cases of rectal cancer will be diagnosed this year in the United States. Combined with colon cancer, colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined in the nation.

Rectal Cancer Accreditation

Cleveland Clinic Florida is the first hospital in Florida and second in the nation to earn accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC) administered by the American College of Surgeons.

New NAPRC standards were developed to improve outcomes for rectal cancer care in order to lower rates of colostomy, local tumor recurrence and improve tumor-free survival rates for patients. The standards are consistent with Cleveland Clinic Florida’s approach to providing rectal cancer patients with high quality care and the accreditation was achieved as a result of the multidisciplinary approach to patient care by the team of specialists at the Digestive Disease Center.

Fact Sheet

What We Treat

What We Treat

  • Rectal Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Anal Cancer
  • Metastatic Cancer
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Colon Polyps
  • Bowel Obstruction
  • Familial Adenomatous Polyposis
  • Intestinal Fistula
  • Constipation
  • Fecal Incontinence 
  • Rectal Bleeding
  • Pouchitis
  • Diverticulitis
  • Gastrointestinal Bleeding
  • Rectal Prolapse
  • Fistula
  • Rectovaginal Fistula
  • Rectourethral Fistula
  • Stoma (Colostomy and Ileostomy) Complications
  • Radiation Proctitis
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Fissure
  • Anal condyloma
  • Anal stenosis
  • Anal infections
  • Pilonidal Cyst

Risk Factors

People at high risk for rectal cancer include those who have had polyps or cancers in the past, and those who have a history of colorectal cancer in their family. When cancer develops, surgery is required for removal. Chemotherapy may also be recommended for cancer of the rectum. Certain cancers of the rectum may require radiation treatment.

Signs and Symptoms

Discussion with your doctor can determine when you need an evaluation (usually a colonoscopy to look for polyps). The colonoscopy is unique in that during the procedure, the physician can remove polyps in their early stages before they become cancerous. We also offer a free online risk assessment to determine your colorectal cancer risk score.

For people with no family history and no symptoms, the current recommendation is for a first colonoscopy by age 45.

Staff Appointments & Locations

Appointments & Locations

Schedule an appointment online or by calling 877.463.2010.


Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston
2950 Cleveland Clinic Blvd.
Weston, Florida 33331

Tomsich Health and Medical Center of Palm Beach County
525 Okeechobee Blvd., Rosemary Square,
Offices (14th Floor)
West Palm Beach , Florida 33401

Coral Springs Family Health Center
5701 North University Drive
Coral Springs, FL 33067

Colonoscopy Appointments:

Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston
2950 Cleveland Clinic Blvd.
Weston, Florida 33331

Coral Springs Family Health Center
5701 North University Drive
Coral Springs, FL 33067