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Young Patients with Colorectal Cancer

A specialized program for young adults

The incidence of colorectal cancer among young adults has been steadily rising, even when excluding patients with a known genetic predisposition. At the Colorectal Cancer Program at Tufts Medical Center in downtown Boston, we understand that the young cancer patient has special needs.  We are one of a few medical centers in the country that provide support services tailored to the young cancer patient, with the Reid R. Sacco Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Program for Cancer and Blood Diseases.  

The AYA Program specializes in meeting the needs of 18 to 39 year olds affected by cancer or blood diseases. Our unique care model offers age-appropriate, comprehensive care that addresses not only the medical needs of our patients, but also the individual transitional needs of AYA affected by cancer or blood diseases. 

Additionally, our Program is dedicated to furthering AYA cancer and blood disease research, creating a network of AYA resources, and providing our patients with complete medical education. For more information, please contact ayaprogram@tuftsmedicalcenter.org or (617) 636-5168. 

A multidisciplinary approach

The Colorectal Cancer Program takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating and managing young patients with colon and rectal cancers. Early onset colon cancer may be associated with inherited/genetic factors. Current guidelines recommend a genetic consultation to review family history and testing recommendations. We also have a strong interest in clinical and translational research to better understand the disease process and potentially determine markers for earlier detection and more effective cancer treatments.