Overview

Overview

Cleveland Clinic Florida Rectal Cancer Accreditation
Cleveland Clinic Florida is an accredited program for Rectal Cancer by the American College of Surgeons.

Cleveland Clinic Florida's Colorectal Cancer Program specializes in treating and diagnosing patients with a number of disorders including colon cancer and rectal cancer. Colon cancer is the formation of cancer cells in the colon. Colorectal cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in the United States.

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. Some of these things are in our environment, some are related to our diet, and some are in our genetics (which we inherit from our parents).

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 & 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.

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 construction, 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 Department.

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
Staff Appointments & Locations

Appointments & Locations

Schedule an appointment online or by calling 877.463.2010.

Locations

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

Tomsich Health and Medical Center of Palm Beach County
525 Okeechobee Blvd., CityPlace Tower,
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