Fast Track to Colonoscopy Screenings
Make an Appointment Today!
The Dignity Health – Cancer Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center is pleased to offer convenient Fast Track Colonoscopy screenings. Find out if you are a candidate by calling (602) 406-8222. We are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Physicians and primary care providers may refer patients directly into the Fast Track program by faxing a patient referral form to 602.294.5681. If you are a current patient and need assistance, please call (602) 406-8222.
What is a Fast Track Colonoscopy?
A Fast Track Colonoscopy also known as an Open Access Endoscopy does not require a pre-screening visit or consultation. If you are at average risk for colon cancer you can save time by eliminating the pre-procedure consultation that usually accompanies a colonoscopy screening appointment.
This efficient approach is a smart way to proactively manage your health and could actually prevent colon cancer. Instead of scheduling pre-consultation or pre-screening appointments, you simply schedule yourself for a fast track screening and come into our Cancer Center on the day of your appointment. We will conduct your consultation, screening, and any operative care if cancerous polyps are found, all on the same day.
Our team of compassionate physicians at the Dignity Health – Cancer Institute at St. Joseph's includes Ronald Gagliano, MD, FACS, FASCRS, David Row, MD, FACS, FASCRS, and Anathea Powell, MD, FACS. All are board certified experts in detecting and treating abnormal occurrences and diseases of the colon and rectum.
Colon Cancer Screenings Saves Lives
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States in men and women combined – but it doesn’t have to be. As many as 60% of the deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented if caught early enough and many can be treated during a screening colonoscopy. The American Cancer Society recommends that people of average risk of colorectal cancer start regular colonoscopy screening or also referred to as colorectal screenings at age 45. Individuals in good health should continue to get regular screenings through age 75, but those who are not considered at increased or high risk for colon cancer should be screened more frequently. Talk with a physician about recommended frequency based on your individual risk factors.
Who Should Get a Colonoscopy?
Fast Track Colonoscopy screenings are not for everyone. Patients must meet certain criteria to qualify for a Fast Track Colonoscopy. You may be a great candidate if you do not have any pre-existing medical conditions or prior individual or family history, such as:
- Family history of colorectal cancer (Familial Adenomatous Polyposis)
- Family or individual history of inflammatory bowel disease
- Active Rectal Bleeding
To find out if you qualify, please call (602) 406-8222. If you have one of the above conditions or another condition of concern you will go through the typical pre-screening consultation with your primary care provider. Find a primary care doctor to schedule your initial evaluation.
Schedule Your Screening
We are currently accepting new patients at the Dignity Health – Cancer Institute at St. Joseph's. Once we have completed your consultation and collected your information it will take as little as two weeks to get on track for your colonoscopy screening. Most insurance plans are accepted. To find out if you are a candidate for a Fast Track Colonoscopy, please call (602) 406-8222.
Physicians and primary care providers may refer patients directly for routine and Fast Track Colonoscopy screenings. Please fax patient referral forms to 602.294.5681. Patients can self-refer by calling (602) 406-8222.
Location and Directions
Our Cancer Center is designed with you in mind. We offer complimentary valet parking. Please pull up in front of our main entrance when you arrive and one of our valet’s will assist you. Self-parking is also available in the parking garage on Fillmore Street (see map below).
Upon arrival, please proceed to check in and registration on the 4th floor in the Endoscopy Department. We look forward to seeing you soon.
The Dignity Health – Cancer Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center
625 N. 6th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.