Why choose Mayo Clinic

By Mayo Clinic Staff


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Richard Rubenstein: Overcoming Rectal Cancer

A routine colonoscopy in 2007 saved Richard Rubenstein’s life. Richard, a retired executive from Scottsdale, Ariz., had expected to receive a clean bill of health, especially since he had no alarming symptoms or any family history of colorectal malignancies. Instead he received shocking news – he had stage 3 rectal cancer. Richard decided to pursue his [...]

  • Collaboration. At Mayo Clinic, digestive disease specialists (gastroenterologists) form a multidisciplinary team with colon and rectal surgeons, oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, and radiologists to provide whole-person care for people with rectal cancer. Other professionals are included as needed.
  • Experience. Mayo Clinic doctors have extensive experience caring for people with rectal cancer. Your care team is prepared with the knowledge and resources to provide you with exactly the care you need.
  • Access to minimally invasive treatment options. Mayo Clinic doctors have access to the latest minimally invasive treatment options, including minimally invasive surgery, robotic surgery and endoscopic microsurgery.
  • A full range of treatment options to consider. Mayo Clinic doctors will work with you to review all of your treatment options and choose the treatment that best suits your needs and goals. The range of treatment options available for people with rectal cancer includes many types of surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy.
  • Comprehensive cancer center. Mayo Clinic Cancer Center meets strict standards for a National Cancer Institute comprehensive cancer center, which recognizes scientific excellence and a multidisciplinary approach to cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., and Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for cancer by U.S. News & World Report.

Feb. 26, 2015