Colon and rectal cancer care in Richmond

At Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Johnston-Willis Hospital, we provide gastrointestinal services and tests related to the diagnosis and treatment of rectal and colon cancers, commonly referred to as colon cancer.

According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in men and women, affecting one in 22 men and one in 24 women.

For more information about our colorectal cancer care services, you can speak to a registered nurse 24/7 by calling (804) 320-3627.

Screening for colon cancer

Colorectal cancer is a very treatable cancer when caught in an early stage, so getting screened is very important. To check for and diagnose colon and rectal cancer, your provider may perform a colonoscopy. This procedure, which involves inserting a thin, flexible tube into the rectum, uses a tiny camera to allow your doctor to view the inside of the colon.

Colorectal cancer is generally more common in older adults, but due to a rise in colon and rectal cancer rates in younger adults, it is recommended that screening for colorectal cancer starts at age 45.

Colorectal cancer symptoms

Symptoms of colorectal cancer symptoms depend on the location and size of the cancer. However, there are common symptoms you may experience regardless of how big or where your cancer is. Speak with your doctor if you are experiencing:

  • Persistent abdominal pain
  • Blood in the stool
  • Changes in bowel habits
  • Excessive flatulence
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Weakness or fatigue

Treatment for colorectal cancer

At Johnston-Willis, our team meets weekly to review each case and to develop a comprehensive, individualized care plan for every patient. Based upon your diagnosis, your approach to care could include one or more of the following:

Gastrointestinal cancer nurse navigator

Kari Gill

Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be scary, but you don't have to experience it alone. Our nurse navigator is here to support you every step of the way, offering guidance and answering questions, as well as keeping you and your loved ones informed during each stage of your treatment process.

Kari Gill, BSN, RN
Adult oncology complex GI nurse navigator
Office: (804) 483-5071
Mobile: (804) 418-0509
Fax: (804) 483-6787

Kari's focus as the gastrointestinal cancer nurse navigator is to help patients and families navigate the complex journey of GI cancer care. She is the resource whose expertise and personal experience will guide you in all aspects of your cancer journey. Kari spent much of her nursing career in medical-surgical and oncology units before becoming a nurse navigator.

About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute

Johnston-Willis Hospital is part of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare. Our family of hospitals provides comprehensive cancer services with convenient access to cutting-edge therapies for people facing cancer in our communities. From diagnosis, to treatment and survivorship care, our oncology expertise ensures you have access to locally-trusted care with the support of a globally-recognized network.

askSARAH helpline

Have cancer questions? We can help. askSARAH is a dedicated helpline for your cancer-related questions. Our specially-trained nurses are available 24/7 and all calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (804) 591-4152 or chat online at