Gastrointestinal Oncology Program
Gastrointestinal oncology treatment is provided at the Henry-Joyce Cancer Clinic and Clinical Research Center. The Hematology/Oncology Outpatient Practice has office hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Chemotherapy is administered in the outpatient area by highly trained and experienced oncology nurses.
The Gastrointestinal (GI) Oncology Program focuses on malignancies of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, rectum, anus, liver, gallbladder, pancreas and bile ducts.
Although tumors of the GI tract are varied in many ways, they also share several similarities. Surgical extirpation is the only means to cure most GI cancers, but often these cancers have already spread and are unresectable. Resected tumors frequently recur due to hidden, microscopic disease, often in other organs of the body. However, use of radiation and chemotherapy is increasingly helping eliminate that microscopic disease.
Through a multidisciplinary approach using surgery in conjunction with chemotherapy and/or radiation, improved cure rates have already been proven in the most common GI cancer, colorectal cancer. Clinicians involved in treating GI cancers meet every week to discuss options for patient management. A multidisciplinary clinic, attended by surgical and medical oncologists with ready access to hepatobiliary surgeons and radiation oncologists, is also conducted weekly.
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