Colorectal Cancer Center

The diagnosis and treatment of colorectal cancers present a particular challenge. Numerous specializations of modern medicine are involved both in terms of diagnosis – gastroenterology, pathology, radiology – and treatment – visceral surgery, radio-oncology, gastroenterology, medical oncology – of colorectal tumor diseases. In other words, this is an extremely interdisciplinary field that relies on excellent cooperation between the different specializations. The USZ Colorectal Cancer Center serves as a center of excellence to facilitate those efforts.


Treatment of colon cancer

For the treatment of colon cancer (also known as colon carcinoma), the site of the tumor in the colon is of critical importance. A distinction is drawn between colon cancer (colon carcinoma) and rectal cancer (rectal carcinoma). University Hospital Zurich offers all modern treatment methods, including minimally invasive operations, and treatment is provided in interprofessional teams.

For a detailed description how colon cancer (colon carcinoma) or rectal cancer (rectal carcinoma) are treated, click the corresponding link.

Research & trials

Research & trials

Treatments in the context of therapy trials are aimed at further improving the treatment of colon tumors. Therapy trials are conducted in close collaboration between the Colorectal Cancer Center Zurich and research organizations such as the Swiss Group for Clinical Cancer Research (SAKK), the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) and the Swiss pharmaceutical industry. We currently offer clinical trials for patients with colorectal cancers in both the early and more advanced stages.

The list of currently ongoing trials being conducted at the Colorectal Cancer Center can be found here.

Tumor board & Second Opinion

Tumor board

An interdisciplinary colorectal tumor board is held weekly on Mondays at 4:00 pm. In this forum, patients from University Hospital Zurich and external institutions are presented with their medical histories and all current findings. Interdisciplinary therapy recommendations are discussed and documented.

External medical colleagues have the opportunity to either present their patients personally and request an evaluation or send us their relevant information for consideration in the forum.

Colorectal cancer tumor board contact

The contacts for the colorectal cancer board are Visceral Surgery Head Physician PD Dr. Matthias Turina ( or the Head Physician for Medical Oncology, Prof. Dr. Bernhard Pestalozzi (


External registrations can also be made via email:

Second Opinion

Are you interested in a second opinion? Contact us with this form.



You can find out about our collaborations under Network.


Contact Colorectal Cancer Center

Center for Hematology and Oncology, USZ
Rämistrasse 100
8091 Zurich
Contact person: Ms. Nelly Plisch                                               
Tel. +41 44 255 21 54
Fax +41 44 255 45 48

Department of Visceral and Transplant Surgery, USZ
Rämistrasse 100
8091 Zurich
Contact person: Ms. Daniela Lombardo
Tel. +41 44 255 92 88
Fax +41 44 255 89 42

Director Colorectal Cancer Center

Senior Staff Physician, Department of Oncology

Tel. +41 44 255 22 14
Fax +41 44 255 45 48

Coordinator Colorectal Cancer Center​

Senior Staff Physician, Director Colorectal and Proctological Surgery, Department of Visceral and Transplant Surgery

Tel. +41 44 255 23 89
Fax +41 44 255 89 42

Coordinator Colorectal Cancer Center​

Junior Staff Physician, Chair of the Functional Diagnostics, Clinic of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Tel. +41 44 255 85 48
Fax +41 44 255 45 03