Doctor and patient conversationAs Ohio State has done for other disease categories, there’s now a formal multidisciplinary center for colorectal cancer, where a team of specialists collaborate seamlessly and provide a full spectrum of services. The new Colorectal Cancer Center, led by colorectal surgeon Matthew Kalady, MD, offers colorectal surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgical oncology and cancer genetic services. It also houses an innovative research program. The team’s expertise includes the latest therapies for rectal cancer, advanced stage colorectal cancer and hereditary colorectal cancer syndromes, as well as one of the few anal cancer screening programs in the country. As Dr. Kalady explains, “In addition to the obvious benefit of world-class care, this coordinated approach means patients can start all aspects of their therapy sooner and set multiple appointments with different specialists on the same day. That means treatment doesn’t have to completely disrupt their life, which is incredibly important for their outlook, mental health and, ultimately, their physical outcome.”