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Colorectal Cancer Care

Colorectal cancer means that cells that aren't normal are growing in your colon or rectum. These cells grow together and form polyps. Over time, some polyps can turn into cancer. This cancer is also called colon cancer or rectal cancer, depending on where the cancer is. It is the third most common cancer in the United States. And it occurs most often in people older than 50. 

Studies show that colorectal cancer treatment at a high-volume center like St. Luke's MSTI improves outcomes, decreases complications, and prolongs survival. When you choose St. Luke’s MSTI, you know you’ll receive the most advanced, effective care from Idaho’s largest, most experienced team of cancer professionals. 

Highlights & Resources

  • Blog Post

    Magic Valley Woman Inspires Others to get Screened for Colon Cancer

  • Article

    Colorectal Cancer Screening

  • Article

    Colon Cancer Genetic Testing

  • Article

    Colon Cancer: What Raises Your Risk

Specialties

Procedures & Treatments

  • Medications administered orally or intravenously to treat cancer.
  • High doses of radiation to destroy cancer cells (tumors).

Supportive Oncology

Treating cancer successfully goes beyond a focus on the disease itself.

At St. Luke's MSTI, we understand that attention to your overall well-being will help promote healing and improve your quality of life. Our supportive oncology team works together closely to help you:

  • Take a more active role in treatment and survivorship
  • Improve your quality of life
  • Manage treatment side effects and symptoms (including pain, nausea, and insomnia)
  • Reduce anxiety and stress
  • Provide a sense of overall well-being

Classes & Events

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Support Groups

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  • This ongoing support group is open to both newly diagnosed and long-time cancer survivors and their families and friends. The group meets the fourth Monday of each month, except in the event of a holiday.

  • An ongoing support program for people with cancer and their loved ones. Share your challenges and discuss topics that influence health and well-being.

  • An ongoing support program for people with cancer and their loved ones. Share your challenges and discuss topics that influence health and well-being.

Improving Colon Health in the Community

Free Colon Health Home Test Kits

St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute (MSTI) offers a free colon health home test kit which does not require a doctor visit. A positive result, which indicates the presence of blood in your stool, means you should schedule an appointment with your doctor for further evaluation.

St. Luke’s MSTI has provided these kits free of charge at a variety of community events since 2004. In order to determine if these efforts have been successful in improving health, we surveyed a small sample of kit recipients in the Magic Valley about their experience with the kit.


Of the 32 kit recipients contacted, 75% reported that they had received a colonoscopy before receiving the kit. They also reported that the kit prompted them to schedule another colonoscopy (recommended every 10 years). Of the 14 (or 44%) of those contacted who used the kit, one person had a positive test result. This person was able to get further testing and a colonoscopy.

If you’d like a free colon health home test kit, please call (208) 381-2711.