Colorectal Surgery – Patient Education and Resources

We support patients every step of the way, from deciding on a course of treatment to adjusting to life after surgery. Our support group, booklets, and videos are part of the comprehensive care we provide.

Make an appointment

To schedule an appointment, call
717-531-8887

Support group

Our Crohn’s and Colitis Support Group provides information, support, and resources for patients and families.

Books and DVDs

Free copies of “The Ileal Pouch Anal Anastomosis: A Patient Guide" (book and videotape) are currently available.  Please contact Tina Bender at 717-531-5164 for more information

Free copies of "Colorectal Cancer:  A Patient Guide" are available. This booklet and patient education DVD covers the types of surgeries used to treat colorectal cancer, what to expect from your hospitalization, and testimonials from actual cancer patients. Please contact Tina Bender at 717-531-5164 for more information.

Ileal Pouch Anal Anastomosis Informational Guide (PDF) is available for immediate download.

Video playlists

In these videos, colorectal cancer specialists at Penn State Health discuss:

  • The importance of early detection and screening
  • How family history may determine your risk
  • The latest treatments
  • Ways you can help prevent this disease 

IBD Center

The IBD Center, staffed by our colorectal surgeons working side-by-side with our IBD expert gastroenterologists, provides the most advanced treatment options available for Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and other related conditions.

David Stewart, MD, a board-certified colorectal surgeon at Penn State Cancer Institute, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, talks about a recent advance in surgery called single-site laparoscopy, a technique used to treat colorectal disease, including the removal of colon and rectal cancers through a single skin incision.

Penn State Cancer Institute physicians and patients share important information about colon and rectal cancer, diagnoses, and treatments.

Penn State Cancer Institute physicians and patients share important information about colon and rectal cancer, diagnoses, and treatments.

Additional Resources