Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer Treatment
Normally, GI cancers are diagnosed in the Centers for Digestive Disease. Treatments involve surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Treatments are specialized to each cancer type. Your doctors will go over your cancer stage with you, and what the best treatment is for your cancer type.
Surgery is performed to remove the tumor and any involved lymph nodes. The surgeons will go over any possible surgeries with you, and what will be involved. Depending on your cancer type, the surgery may be after some chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
Chemotherapy is used to help reduce metastasis (spreading) of the tumor and is prescribed and monitored by a medical oncologist (not a radiation oncologist). Chemotherapy is commonly administered in the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center. For some, chemotherapy is given during the radiation treatment, resulting in a better effectiveness.
Radiation therapy is commonly administered as fractionated doses for gastrointestinal cancer patients. This means that you will come to the Department of Radiation Oncology each day (Monday through Friday) for about five to six weeks, to receive a radiation treatment. During that time, you will see your radiation oncologist each week to monitor your progress and treatment. The therapists and nurses will also monitor you closely to make sure you don't have any reactions to treatment.
More information on GI cancer and its treatments through the Holden Cancer Center's Cancer Information Service.
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