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Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the UK after breast and lung cancer. There are over 100 people diagnosed with the disease in the UK each day and almost 40,000 cases per annum. The lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is 1:16 for men and 1:20 for women.

Many of our patients present with symptoms and are referred to us whilst others are asymptomatic and the cancer is discovered via the National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme.

In Oxford, we can offer all treatments for colorectal cancer. For all suitable patients, we can offer laparoscopic (key-hole) surgery, which offers patients the chance of a quicker recovery from their operation. We also have a specialist interest in treatments for early rectal cancers and large polyps, including transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM). At the other end of the spectrum, we have expertise in the treatment of advanced cancers. All our colorectal cancer patients are discussed at our multi-disciplinary team meetings to tailor individual treatment involving colorectal surgery, other surgical specialties, oncology (drug treatment) and radiotherapy.

The majority of patients with colorectal cancer can be cured of their disease.