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Digestive/Gastrointestinal Cancer Treatment

A diagnosis of gastrointestinal cancer is unsettling news for anyone. Know that a team of specialists at University of Colorado Health understand your fears and will develop a treatment plan to help you fight it.

Gastrointestinal tumor program

University of Colorado Health facilities in Fort Collins, metro Denver, and Colorado Springs provide advanced care for anyone diagnosed with gastrointestinal cancer. We’re recognized as a center for developing and setting new standards in the treatment of gastrointestinal and related cancers.

We’re also noted for providing second opinions on all aspects of gastrointestinal cancer care—including our special program offering remote second opinions for gastrointestinal oncology. UCHealth specializes in a wide variety of cancers of the digestive system, including:

Team-based treatment at UCHealth

At UCHealth, the same caring team of doctors and support professionals from many fields—including our elite, Magnet-designated nursing staff—collaborate to develop the best plan of care for you, and they stay with you from your initial appointment through treatment and aftercare.

You receive doctor-managed care that emphasizes wellness and healing for you as a whole person—our complementary and integrative medicine specialists incorporate options such as massage therapy, acupuncture, and exercise consultation into your treatment. Our special GI nurse navigator helps guide you through the entire process. Your core team members may include:

  • Medical oncologists
  • Radiation oncologists
  • Surgical oncologists

Additional UCHealth medical professionals who contribute their expertise to your care may include:

  • Gastroenterologists
  • Liver transplant specialists
  • Pathologists
  • Radiologists
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Oncology social workers
  • Integrative medicine and complementary care therapists

Gastrointestinal cancer diagnostic staging & tests

Once a cancer has been diagnosed, our specialists need to know where it may have spread. This is the “stage” of the cancer. The lower the number, the less it has spread. Knowing the stage allows your medical team to determine the best possible treatment plan for you, including any of a variety of tests or procedures to find (diagnose) your specific condition.

Any combination of these tests and procedures may be used to find and classify (stage) gastrointestinal and digestive cancers:

Gastrointestinal cancer treatments & therapies

Treatment for gastrointestinal tumors varies greatly from person to person. Your medical team may use any combination of chemotherapy, drug therapy, blood and marrow transplants, radiation, or new targeted therapies to treat or control your cancer.

Clinical trials

Your medical team may also recommend participation in a clinical trial. University of Colorado Health conducts hundreds of these “trials” of new treatments or drugs. Participation in a clinical trial may provide those who qualify with access to drugs and vaccines years before they are widely available.

Download our GI cancer program brochure (PDF).

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