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What is colorectal ca​ncer?

Colorectal cancer occurs in the lower gastrointestinal tract or the large intestine of the digestive system. Colorectal cancer can also be referred to as colon, bowel, anal or rectal cancer, depending on the location of the cancer.

Our service​


The colorectal team at the NSCC manages all types and stages of colorectal cancer from diagnosis, treatment and supportive care, including assessment of symptoms and side effects.

Patient cases are discussed at a multidisciplinary team meeting (MDT) to ensure the best possible treatment recommendation is made. The colorectal multidisciplinary team (MDT) includes surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, radiologists and nurses.

Supportive care services include nutrition, social work and psychology.

Multidisciplinar​y team (MDT) and clinics

  • MDT occur fortnightly on Tuesdays
  • Clinics run on Thursdays on level 1 in the NSCC
  • Colorectal surgical unit runs a clinic every Monday in the ambulatory care centre


  • Colon cancer
  • Rectal cancer
  • Anal cancer
  • Metastatic colorectal cancer 
  • Peritoneal cancer 
  • Appendiceal cancer
  • Pseudomyxoma peritonei
  • Advanced pelvic cancer

​Colorectal cancer experts​​

 Colorectal surgeons

Prof Alexander Engel
Dr Justin Evans
Dr Shahrir Kabir
Dr Yasser Salama
Dr Rebecca Seton

 Radiation oncologists

A/Prof George Hruby 
Prof Andrew Kneebone

 Medical oncologists

Dr David Chan
Prof Stephen Clarke
Dr Mudy De Silva
​A/Prof​ Connie Diakos
Prof Nick Pavlakis

 Colorectal cancer nurse coordinators​​

CNC Tracey Skinner​

​Cancer nurse coordinators​​

  • Tracey Skinner, Colorectal Cancer Nurse Coordinator

    I have over 24 years work experience as a Registered Nurse, including my role as a cancer nurse coordinator since 2017, completing my Masters in Clinical Nursing in 2021.I work closely with the Multidisciplinary team, coordinating care for newly diagnosed colorectal and anal cancer patients. I am passionate about ensuring people have access to the information and services they need, to support them through their cancer journey.


Questions to ask your doctor​​

When diagnosed with cancer, it's common to feel overwhelmed and forget questions to ask the doctor. The Cancer Council offers a list of suggested questions for you or your carer to ask at appointments.

These can help you be more involved in your care.

​Useful links​

ChevronFor information on bowel cancer awareness, support and research:External LinkBow​el Cancer Australia

ChevronFor information on cancers, support and services:External LinkCancer Council NSW
ChevronFor information on cancer treatments and patient information sheets:External LinkeviQ (Cancer Treatment Online)