The Brief: Colorectal Cancer Blog

Are you ready to talk about your bowels, poop and other “taboo” toilet topics? Our expert, Dr. Shady Ashamalla is.

Dr. Ashamalla is a colorectal cancer surgeon, specializing in minimally invasive surgical treatments. He is also a consultant surgeon to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

When he’s not in the operating room, Dr. Ashamalla is finding new and better ways to shorten recovery times, helping his patients maintain quality of life, and spreading the word about new surgical techniques to surgeons young and old. And, Dr. Ashamalla is always ready and willing to answer questions about colorectal cancer.

Colorectal cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in Canada (excluding non-melanoma skin cancers). It is the 2nd leading cause of death from cancer in men and the 3rd leading cause of death from cancer in women in Canada.

But, this cancer – when caught early – is highly treatable.

In this blog series, Dr. Shady Ashamalla will share his expertise about colorectal cancer through frank and informative posts on the topics of prevention, screening, treatment and living with this often not-so-talked-about cancer.

What is a stoma?

A stoma is a short length of intestine that is brought to the skin’s surface after colon or rectal cancer surgery.

Colorectal cancer knows no age

Colorectal cancer is a deadly yet preventable — and often treatable — disease that every adult should be aware of, regardless of age.