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Gastrointestinal (GI) Oncology

Top 10 Reasons to Choose UMGCC for GI Cancer Care

10 Robotic Abdominoperineal Resection (APR):
A minimally invasive surgical option for patients with colorectal cancer. Patients experience less blood loss, shorter hospital stays, less post-operative pain and quicker return to normal activity.
Top 10 Reasons to Choose UMGCC for GI Cancer Care

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9 Cytoreductive Surgery with Hyperthermic Interperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC):
Used to treat GI cancers and sarcomas that spread to the lining of the abdomen. Surgeons remove tumors and then bathe the patient's entire abdominal cavity with hot chemotherapy. UMGCC was among the first in the region to offer HIPEC for treatment of surface malignancies such as mesothelioma and periotineal carcinoid metastasis from cancers of the appendix, colon, ovary and stomach.
(Visit our website to see a HIPEC surgical webcast.)
8 Selective Internal Radiation:
A targeted therapy used to treat colorectal cancer that has spread to the liver. Millions of radioactive microspheres called SIR-Spheres are delivered directly to the liver, where they selectively irradiate the tumors while minimizing damage to surrounding healthy tissue. UMGCC performs more SIRT procedures than any other center in the country.
7 Laparoscopic Distal Pancreatectomy:
A minimally invasive surgical procedure for endocrine tumors and cystic tumors of the body and tail of the pancreas. Patients can expect less pain than open surgery and only a two-day hospital stay.
6 Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT):
Delivers very precise, high-dose radiation to shrink tumors without damaging surrounding healthy tissue and organs. Patients receive three to five treatments over the course of one to two weeks, compared to daily treatments for five to eight weeks for traditional radiation therapy.
5 Access to Clinical Trials:
As an NCI-designated cancer center, UMGCC offers patients access to innovative GI cancer clinical trials, providing promising new therapies often years before they are available commercially. Visit our website for a complete listing of current research trials for GI cancer.
(Visit umgcc.org/clinicaltrials for more information.)

4 Multidisciplinary Cancer Care:
GI cancer is a complex disease that requires treatment by multiple specialists. Our team includes GI cancer experts in surgical, medical and radiation oncology, as well as specialists in gastroenterology, interventional radiology, pathology, genetic counseling, palliative care, pain management, pharmacy and social work. A team approach provides the best outcomes for cancer patients.
3 Collaborative Treatment Plan:
Our GI cancer experts meet weekly to review each patient's case and develop the best possible treatment plan available. New patients are able to meet with their GI cancer care team in one single visit. Referring physicians are encouraged to participate in their patients' plan of care.
2 Patient-Centered Care:
A cancer diagnosis brings a level of anxiety and fear like no other. We offer speedy access to appointments, usually within one week. Second-opinion appointments are available within 48 hours if medical records are provided.
1 UMGCC is Nationally Ranked:
We are among the top cancer treatment and research centers, ranked No. 11* out of more than 900 cancer programs in the nation. Our patients have access to the latest research advances and more than a dozen physician experts focused specifically on GI cancer.
*As ranked by U.S. News & World Report's "Best Hospitals" list

This page was last updated on: January 25, 2013.


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