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Gastrointestinal oncology

The Gastrointestinal Program  uses a team approach to diagnose and treat malignancies arising in the gastrointestinal tract, including cancers of the esophagus, stomach, liver, pancreas and biliary system, small bowel, colon and rectum.

Symptoms, treatment options and diagnosis depend on the type of GI cancer:

  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Liver Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer

Patients who benefit the most from a consultation include:

  • Patients with previously untreated local-regional cancers of the GI system, proven or suspected
  • Patients who have undergone surgery for malignancies of the GI system within six weeks before being seen
  • Any patient with cancer of the gastrointestinal system who specifically requests being seen by the Gastrointestinal Oncology Team to initiate treatment or to secure a second opinion
  • Patients with a personal and/or family history suggestive of hereditary gastrointestinal cancer

Gastroenterologists in southeast Michigan

Each patient receives personal attention from the Gastrointestinal Oncology Team staff members and physicians. A team physician evaluates the patient, reviews all records, and presents the patient’s records, X-rays and pathology slides for team discussion.

The gastrointestinal team includes:

  • Surgical oncologists
  • Radiation oncologists
  • Medical oncologists
  • Radiologists
  • Pathologists
  • Nursing staff members

After the team conference, this physician shares the team’s recommendations with the patient and family members. Expedited appointments are available for any tests or procedures that are required before a final recommendation is made.

GI support groups and screenings in southeast Michigan

Karmanos Cancer Institute offers the following support groups for cancer patients and their families:

  • Women Achieving Victory & Esteem is a monthly support group for female cancer patients only (any type, any stage).
  • Latina Cancer Support Group/Unidas En Victoria Contra El Cancer meets twice a month and is a support group for Spanish-speaking women with cancer. Location/Sítio: Most Holy Redeemer Church, 1721 Junction St., Detroit, MI 48209.
  • Brothers Reaching & Achieving Victory & Esteem is a monthly support group for male cancer patients only (any type, any stage).
  • For more information about support groups, click here.

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