Gastrointestinal cancers include cancers that involve the organs of digestion. Each site (eg. colon, rectum, stomach, esophagus, pancreas, anus…) has different presentation symptoms. The type of cancer is determined after a biopsy is reviewed. The extent of the cancer is then determined by state of the art radiographic studies such as a PET/CT scan.
Once the type and stage of the cancer are determined, the oncology team consisting of a surgical oncologist, medical oncologist and a radiation oncologist with determine the most effective treatment plan for each individual patient.
Radiation therapy is an important part in the treatment of GI cancers. Conventional 3D conformal radiation therapy, intensity modulated radiation treatment (IMRT), and/or stereotactic body radiation treatment (SBRT) are used to deliver maximum radiation doses to tumors, with least impact on normal tissues and organs. Image guided radiation therapy is used during radiation treatment to monitor and deliver the radiation treatments with great accuracy. Many times the chemotherapy and radiation are delivered concurrently.
If indicated access to national trials with investigational therapies and techniques is available. Each of our physicians are members of the one of the largest oncology research programs in the country.