Colorectal Cancer Info Center

Swedish Video/Audio Resources

vidIcon Swedish Cancer Institute Colon and Rectal Center
  Dr. Richard Billingham talks about The Colon and Rectal Center at Swedish Medical Center. The Swedish Cancer Institute has come together by a conglomeration of several colorectal specialists and colorectal cancer specialists. Swedish Medical Center is also reporting their research to other centers and in collaboration, working on techniques nationwide. (1:45)
vidIcon Colon Cancer Awareness
  Colorectal cancer is preventable and curable. Experts at the Swedish Cancer Institute discuss colorectal screenings, and who needs to have them. (1:41)
vidIcon What is Colorectal Cancer?
  Dr. Richard Billingham explains colorectal cancer and also discusses those who are at higher risk for colorectal cancer, what a colonoscopy is, and which is the best screening test. (1:32)
vidIcon What are the Risks of Colorectal Surgery?
  Dr. Richard Billingham talks about the risks of colorectal surgery, and what steps are taken to prevent these risks from occurring. (1:03)
vidIcon What are the Symptoms of Colorectal Cancer?
  Dr. Richard Billingham explains the symptoms of colorectal cancer, which are: bleeding, constipation, change in the way bowel movements work, but in most cases there are no symptoms at all. (1:31)
vidIcon Screening Tests for Colorectal Cancer
  Dr. Richard Billingham explains the various screening tests that can be used to test for colorectal cancer. The most reliable and accurate test is the colonoscopy. (1:40)
vidIcon How to Prepare for a Colonoscopy
  Dr. Rod Kratz, a Colon and Rectal Surgeon, at the Swedish Colon and Rectal Clinic in Seattle, shares his experience preparing for his first colonoscopy. (3:21)
vidIcon Colon or Rectal Cancer Diagnosis: Should I get a Second Opinion?
  Drs. Rodney Kratz and Richard Billingham answer common questions about getting second opinions for a colon cancer diagnosis (2:40)
vidIcon A Patient's Experience With Rectal Cancer and Treatment
  Russell Dawson talks about his treatment and gives advice for others facing colorectal surgery or radiation. (3:14)
vidIcon A physician's thoughts and tips for patients with colon and rectal cancer
  Dr. Amir Bastawrous talks about colon cancer and treatment options. He explains the differences between treating colon cancer and rectal cancer, discusses the importance of having a board-certified colorectal surgeon, and discusses Swedish Cancer Institute's team approach to treating colorectal cancers and its clinical trials for colon and rectal cancers. (3:29)
vidIcon What are the Treatments for Colorectal Cancer
  Dr. Richard Billingham talks about the three basic treatments for colorectal cancer: surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. (1:42)
vidIcon Less Invasive Surgery for Colorectal Cancer
  Dr. Richard Billingham talks about less invasive surgery procedures used to treat colorectal cancer, and how Swedish Medical Center has been one of the pioneers of these techniques. (1:10)
vidIcon Surgical Procedures for Colorectal Cancer
  Dr. Richard Billingham talks about surgical procedures for colorectal cancer, and the different procedures used for colon cancer and rectal cancer. (1:35)
vidIcon What Happens the Day of Colorectal Surgery
  Dr. Richard Billingham discusses what happens on the day of a colorectal surgery, what the patient is required to do in order to prepare for surgery, and what is involved in the recovery process. (0:55)
vidIcon Post-Operative Treatments After Colorectal Surgery
  Dr. Richard Billingham talks about colorectal cancer post-operative treatments, and what is done to prevent the cancer from reoccurring. (1:25)


The Swedish Cancer Institute offers programs to assist you, your family and your caregivers in making treatment decisions, managing your symptoms and accessing complementary programs to help your mind, body and spirit to heal. Registration is required for all classes.

Call 206-386-2502 or browse to find upcoming classes.

Support Groups

The Swedish Cancer Institute offers a variety of support groups. The groups provide an opportunity to meet with others having experiences similar to your own. Each group is facilitated by an experienced Swedish Cancer Institute support group facilitator and are open to all people in the community.

See our Swedish Cancer Institute Cancer Support Groups brochure (PDF)

Support group members experience and receive:

  • Practical information
  • An understanding of diagnosis and treatment
  • A safe and caring place to share feelings and learn self-care skills
  • A place to develop coping skills and discover how one lives life fully in the midst of cancer