Colon and Rectal Surgery Patient Support and Education

We understand that the experience of receiving a diagnosis and treatment is not just medical—it is also personal. Having accurate information and knowing where to find support and resources can help the process go more smoothly, for you and your family.

Support and services

We offer a range of patient- and family-centered services and resources from the moment of diagnosis, throughout treatment, and beyond:

  • Accessing health records: Use the secure myDH portal to access your electronic health record, including information about test results, past medical appointments, surgical procedures, hospitalizations, prescriptions, allergies, immunizations, and more.
  • Billing and charges: Get help with billing, insurance, and financial assistance.
  • Oncology nutrition services: Work with dietitians who are certified specialists in oncology nutrition to support patients and caregivers in managing symptoms and side effects of treatment.
  • Ostomy care: For more information about stomas and ostomies, please visit the ostomy team's website.
  • Palliative care: Get holistic support from our palliative care team, which works closely with patients, their loved ones, and their health care team.
  • Patient and Family Support Services: Access free programs to enhance the well-being of patients with cancer and their caregivers, including yoga and exercise classes, a range of programs, support groups, healing arts, and creative arts.
  • Sharing difficult decisions: Get help with making difficult health care decisions.


We encourage you to visit the following resources about colon and rectal surgery:

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