What is colon & rectal cancer? Cancerous cells in the colon and rectum.

Colon and rectal cancers, also known as colorectal cancers, are Canada’s 3rd most common types of cancers. It usually starts with benign polyps and can progress to cancer over time. Most colorectal cancers do not produce symptoms. Early detection and treatment are essential for better managing this condition. Colon and rectal cancer can often be prevented through regular screening tests, including flexible sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, FIT testing, and healthy changes in diet and lifestyle.

What are the symptoms of colon & rectal cancer?

  • Changes in bowel habits (diarrhea or constipation)
  • Blood in stools
  • Abdominal discomfort or pain
  • Persistent gas or cramping
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Tiredness or weakness
  • Iron-deficiency
  • Feeling of unfinished stools

Who do colon & rectal cancer affect?

Cancer of the colon and rectum can affect people of all ages and from all walks of life both men and women. However, specific risk factors can increase susceptibility to the condition, including advanced age, family history, personal history of the disease or polyps, inflammatory bowel disease, eating habits, and lifestyle choices. The precise cause of the cancer is not always clear.

If you’re facing the discomfort and challenges of Colon and Rectal Cancer, it’s time to find relief. We invite you to seek the empathetic support, personalized diagnostics, and advanced treatment options available at West Island Colorectal Clinic.

Your well-being is our foremost priority!

Dr. Christian Zalai talks about our specialized treatment of colon and rectal cancer. With a dual board-certification in colorectal surgery he offers a compassionate approach and personalized treatment plans.

How is colon or rectal cancer diagnosed and treated?

At our clinic, we offer a diverse range of treatments tailored to meet your unique needs. Our colorectal surgeons will work closely with you to develop a personalized treatment plan.



Colonoscopy - Endoscopic mucosal resection/ polypectomy

A minimally invasive medical procedure that involves the insertion of a flexible tube with a camera into the colon to diagnose and treat abnormalities.


Transanal endoscopic microsurgery

Transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM) is a minimally invasive surgical technique used to remove early-stage benign and malignant lesions of the rectum and sigmoid colon.


Laparoscopic surgery

A minimally invasive procedure using small incisions and a camera to operate inside the abdomen or pelvis, resulting in faster recovery and less scarring than traditional open surgery.




Partial colectomy or proctectomy

A partial colectomy or proctectomy is a surgical procedure to remove part of the colon or rectum.


Friendly, personalized service and expert advice

West Island Colorectal Clinic is your trusted destination for expert care and treatment of rectal and colorectal conditions. Our experienced specialists and state-of-the-art facilities ensure customized solutions for your unique needs. Gain access to compassionate, effective treatment in a judgment-free space.

Struggling with colon or rectal issues?

Let the experts at West Island Colorectal Clinic guide you through personalized diagnostics and treatment options tailored to your needs.

We ensure that every patient feels heard, respected, and cared for and aim to make your journey to better colorectal health a collaborative, supportive, and positive experience.