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Personalized Colorectal Cancer Care for Younger Adults

With the rise of colorectal cancer in young adults, we’re devoting all our expertise to adults under 50 through our Young Onset Colorectal Program. Explore how we’re treating and managing colorectal cancer earlier than ever at the AdventHealth Cancer Institute.

Wellness Services to Help You Feel Whole

Because younger patients have unique needs, additional support teams and services are available to care for your overall wellness.

Our skilled, compassionate, oncology-certified nurses will guide you through your care and assist in connecting you with important resources. They’ll identify and address barriers to care along the way, as well as provide valuable information and support.

Our licensed clinical social workers assist patients and their families through the emotional and practical challenges that come with a cancer diagnosis. They offer individual and family counseling as well as a variety of support groups, including a GI-cancer-specific group.

When you feed your body well, you feel better. One-on-one nutrition therapy sessions are available with our registered and licensed oncology-certified dietitians before, during and after treatment.

We believe all patients should have access to straightforward information about the ways cancer can impact sexual activity. We offer private, compassionate counseling, consultations and education to help you cope with these changes and find solutions.

Cancer treatment can have a major effect on fertility. We offer fertility preservation options as a valuable tool to help mitigate the impact on your future fertility.

Our team of genetic counselors will work with you to understand your personal and family medical histories. We’ll run a simple genetic test to reveal any mutations, helping guide the direction of your treatment and assess your risk of developing other cancers.

The Comprehensive Colorectal Care You Deserve

As a younger patient, you have unique needs. And we have a unique response. We’re here to guide you using a combination of advanced therapies, clinical trials and personalized care.

Multidisciplinary Care

Accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC), our program includes specialists in medical oncology, radiation oncology and surgery — all of whom collaborate in a weekly tumor conference to improve patient care.

Integrative Therapies

We’re committed to your whole-person health as we guide your cancer treatment. Our Young Onset Colorectal Program offers distinctive integrative therapies such as massage, music therapy and acupuncture to support your body, mind and spirit.

Personalized Patient Navigation

Our compassionate and knowledgeable Nurse Navigators will help coordinate appointments, talk you through your treatment plans and support you at every step of your cancer treatment.

Treatment Options for Early Onset Colorectal Cancer

Surgery can be a promising step toward healing. Your dedicated team of GI cancer specialists will review your health history and recent tests, like a colonoscopy, to form the most effective treatment plan. Surgery may be all you need, or you may also need chemotherapy and radiation.

It's always our goal to treat colorectal tumors with minimally invasive procedures, if possible. Those could include:

  • Robotic-assisted surgery: uses smaller incisions, meaning shorter recovery times
  • Transanal minimally invasive surgery: a highly effective treatment to remove rectal tumors, pioneered by the skilled surgeons at our hospital
  • Tumor and partial colon or rectum removal: depending on your needs, your surgeon may remove more of the colon or rectum to treat your cancer

You can feel confident knowing your health is in the hands of highly skilled and compassionate colorectal surgeons and a team who will guide you from pre-op to post-op. 

While radiation therapy is one of the most common treatments for colorectal cancer, at the AdventHealth Cancer Institute, we combine it with uncommon expertise, guidance and compassion. Using sophisticated radiation technology, we target tumors with precision, easing your pain and leaving healthy tissue untouched. Your dedicated team may recommend radiation alone, but in many cases, it’s combined with surgery, chemotherapy and sometimes other treatment options.

How Does Radiation Therapy Work?

Our oncology experts take an individualized approach to every patient’s treatment plan. Radiation therapy targets specific areas of the body, shrinking tumors and eliminating cancer cells by damaging their DNA.

When treating digestive cancers, radiation therapy is usually delivered in one of three ways:

  • External radiation: delivers radiation in a concentrated beam to keep nearby healthy tissue unaffected, often using imaging services to guide the treatment
  • Internal radiation: delivers focused doses of radiation guided by ultrasound, keeping healthy nearby tissue safer
  • Systemic radiation: this kind of radiation is swallowed or injected, and it then travels through your bloodstream to target and shrink cancer cells

Throughout your treatment, your nurses and radiology care team members are there to keep you and your support system informed, comfortable and uplifted.

Nothing matters more to us than getting you well. Chemotherapy may play an essential role in successfully treating your colorectal cancer. From the moment you arrive for your chemo treatment, one of our nurses will be there to greet and guide you. 

How Does Chemotherapy Work?

Chemotherapy is a combination of specialized drugs to destroy or slow down fast-growing cancer cells, wherever they are. Often, you'd receive chemo intravenously, but it can also be delivered orally or via injection.  

There are three ways chemotherapy can be administered to help treat GI cancers:

  • Neoadjuvant treatment: chemo is administered before surgery to shrink the tumor, making it easier to remove and helping prevent the cancer cells from returning
  • Adjuvant treatment: chemo is administered after surgery to help remove any remaining cancer cells; often, you may receive a combination of chemo and radiation therapy after surgery, called chemoradiation

Primary treatment: Chemotherapy can also be used as your primary treatment option if neither surgery nor radiation therapy are the right course of treatment

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Your Recovery Partners in Body, Mind and Spirit

Receiving a more uncommon diagnosis like colon cancer as a young adult can feel isolating, but rest assured you’re not alone. The caring professionals in our Young Onset Colorectal Program will be with you every step of your journey. Community is healing for any cancer patient, but it's key in unique situations. Knowing you have people who get what you’re experiencing and who are there to listen and support you is a lifeline. We’re with you, and you can reach our Nurse Navigators at 407-303-5981.

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Our Colorectal Program Providers

Mohamedtaki Tejani, MD
Medical Oncologist
Erica Corcoran, MSN, RN, OCN, AOCNS, ONN-GC
Gastrointestinal Nurse Navigator
Wyntir Purtha, BSN, RN, OCN
Gastrointestinal Nurse Navigator
Ravi Shridhar, MD
Radiation Oncologist
Ahmed Zakari, MD
Medical Oncologist

Support During Cancer Treatment

Healing and getting back to feeling whole means making room in your life for plenty of guidance, love and support from your family, your friends, from others in similar situations and from us. With our support groups, the advice and understanding you need is never far away.

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Where To Find Us

You’re ready to give it your all. Across all seven Central Florida locations, our leading colorectal specialists combine proven therapies and emerging innovations to achieve patient outcomes that consistently exceed the national average.

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Explore Patient Resources

You'll feel even stronger when surrounded by a loving support system. From our pampering patient spa, which provides relaxation services and wig fittings, to our online resources and financial assistance tools, we’re here with the practical, emotional and spiritual guidance you need.

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Colonoscopy Screenings Help Protect Your Future

You have big plans for your life. Protect those goals with regular colonoscopy screenings. The recommended age for colonoscopy is now 45. This proven and effective test for colon cancer could save your life, as early detection is crucial.

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Embrace a Full Network of Cancer Care

Find a Clinical Trial

Our cancer specialists and researchers are continuously discovering new ways to prevent and treat cancer. We participate in more than 175 national clinical trials a year to give you access to many of the latest treatments and prevention methods, many of which may not be available at other cancer centers for months or years to come.

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Get a Second Opinion

It's always a good idea to get a second opinion. Our experts can help you feel more confident in your care by confirming your diagnosis, shedding new light or opening the door to new treatment options.

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See Our Support Groups

Our cancer patients often find comfort and hope in the company of others who understand their journeys. Connect with patients, survivors and a compassionate support group team who get what you’re going through.

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Embrace a New Path With Clinical Trials

Our cancer specialists and researchers continuously discover new ways to prevent and treat cancer. We participate in more than 175 national clinical trials annually to give you access to many of the latest treatments and prevention methods, many of which may not be available at other cancer centers for months or years to come.

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News and Events

News at AdventHealth Cancer Institute

New studies, new research and new technology. We’ll inform you of innovative treatments, advanced techniques and the latest offerings at AdventHealth Cancer Institute.

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Events at AdventHealth Cancer Institute

Find healing, community and stay in the know. With a wide variety of events year-round, we’ll help you connect with other patients, caregivers, support groups and our compassionate care team.

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Visit Us for a Second Opinion

It's always a good idea to get a second opinion. Our experts can help you feel more confident in your care by confirming your diagnosis, shining new light on your condition or opening the door to new treatment options.

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Find Additional Support From Community Organizations

Cactus Cancer Society

Created for young adults facing cancer to help them connect, cope and thrive together in an online community.

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I’m Not Done Yet (INDY)

A community of business professionals and entrepreneurs 50 and older to connect, grow and reimagine the possibilities of this transformative stage of life.

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Elephants and Tea

A magazine written by and for adolescent and young adult patients and survivors as they tell their stories in their own words.

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COLONTOWN is a community of more than 130 private Facebook groups for colorectal cancer patients and caregivers.

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Complete Digestive and Surgical Care

In addition to our unparalleled cancer care, our AdventHealth experts are leaders in overall digestive health. If your treatment plan includes seeing a gastroenterologist or colorectal surgeon, our multidisciplinary team at the AdventHealth Digestive Health and Surgery Institute is ready to care for you in body, mind and spirit.

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