Gastrointestinal cancer refers to malignancies in the colon, rectum, esophagus, liver, pancreas, bile ducts, stomach and small intestines.
At Advocate Christ Medical Center, patients find the right balance to address gastrointestinal (GI) cancers: the most advanced technologies and protocols for cancer diagnosis and treatment, experts who have experience with complex cancer, a team approach where specialists work collaboratively, certified oncology nurses, and a caring environment.
The GI cancer team includes leaders who have pioneered treatments for challenging cancers. Patients benefit from the collaboration of specialists with different areas of expertise: gastroenterologists, GI surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, hepatologists, oncology nurses and others. This multidisciplinary team is dedicated to providing the best approaches for diagnosing and treating cancers of the digestive system, including primary cancer of the colon/rectum, esophagus, liver, pancreas, bile ducts, stomach, duodenum (the first section of the small intestine), ampulla (the ducts in the liver and pancreas that connect to the small intestine), small bowel/intestine and gallbladder.
Patients can meet with multiple specialists during a single visit to Christ Medical Center. More than convenience, our approach assures that different specialists share their perspectives with one another. Recommendations to patients are based on thoughtful consideration of a full range of expertise.
Many GI cancers have subtle symptoms that evade diagnosis until the disease is advanced and more difficult to treat. Christ Medical Center offers the experience and resources to address the challenges of later-stage GI cancers.