Gastrointestinal (GI) cancer refers to any cancers that arise in those organs involved in digesting food or eliminating waste – beginning with the mouth, ending in the anus and including any organ in between. These organs include the esophagus, stomach, pancreas, liver and bile ducts, gallbladder, small and large intestines, colon, rectum, and anus.
The multidisciplinary GI Oncology team at Leo Jenkins Cancer Center is made up of surgeons, chemotherapy and radiation doctors, radiologists, gastroenterologists, pathologists, dieticians, social workers, nurse navigators and stoma therapists who are committed to providing the highest level of care to individuals diagnosed cancers of the GI tract. Your care will be discussed and designed by this team of experts during a formal conference which considers all available therapies and clinical trials locally, in the region and throughout the nation. We will recommend the best possible care based on national standards. In most cases we can provide this care here in Greenville, but in the event that it is not available here, we will help you go to the nearest possible site. In Greenville, we provide:
- Board certified GI medical oncologists who prescribe state of the art care based on national recommendations and the most current research data. The latest advances in chemotherapy and targeted agents are incorporated into individualized treatment plans. Clinical trials are also available.
- Both radiation oncologists and interventional radiologists offer regional treatment for liver, pelvic, and abdominal tumors. Directed treatments to the liver include radioactive microspheres (large and small particle), perfusion with FUDR, radiofrequency and microwave ablation and stereotactic radiotherapy with cyber or conventional linear accelerator based therapy.
- Highly skilled and experienced surgeons use leading-edge techniques that include the DaVinci robot, intraperitoneal chemotherapy, radiofrequency and microwave ablation of solid tumors.
- Advanced diagnostic expertise and tools including hybrid spect imaging, CT/PET scan, MRI with rectal magnet protocol, and high-resolution CT scans. Our gastroenterologists are trained in advanced interventional ERCP, endoscopic ultrasound and upper and lower endoscopy.
- Our pathologists are experts in cytology (diagnosis made using individual cells), immunohistochemistry and interpretation of advanced genetic profiles of tumors to achieve the highest diagnostic accuracy.
Our nurse navigator coordinates assisting you and your physician with getting timely access to our team as well as gaining access to clinical trials, nutritional counseling, social services assistance, and survivorship programs. We know that the diagnosis of cancer is stressful and overwhelming. However, we are committed to supporting you and your family through this difficult period while delivering the highest quality care with the goal of improving survival and quality of life.