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Expert Gastrointestinal Cancer Care at Providence Saint John’s Gastrointestinal Oncology Center

At Providence, we know that a gastrointestinal cancer diagnosis can be scary. It can be hard to know who to turn to for help. Our best-in-class providers and support team are experts in gastrointestinal and pancreatic cancer treatment and care. The GI Oncology Center at Saint John’s provides an unmatched range of comprehensive services and cancer treatments including chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery to remove any tumors and cancerous tissue, all in a comfortable and enriching environment. We also offer access to appropriate new therapies and clinical trials, so that you get the most advanced treatment plan possible.

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Expert Gastrointestinal Cancer Care at Providence Saint John’s Gastrointestinal Oncology Center

At Providence, we know that a gastrointestinal cancer diagnosis can be scary. It can be hard to know who to turn to for help. Our best-in-class providers and support team are experts in gastrointestinal and pancreatic cancer treatment and care. The GI Oncology Center at Saint John’s provides an unmatched range of comprehensive services and cancer treatments including chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery to remove any tumors and cancerous tissue, all in a comfortable and enriching environment. We also offer access to appropriate new therapies and clinical trials, so that you get the most advanced treatment plan possible.

Committed to improving outcomes for patients with gastrointestinal (GI) and pancreatic cancers, the Gastrointestinal Oncology Center at Providence Saint John’s offers innovative treatments and comprehensive services to patients in a comfortable and supportive environment.

Our team is committed to providing patient-centered care that treats the unique needs of each individual and their loved ones, in body, mind and spirit. This compassionate approach – as well as our leading-edge treatments – has earned us reputation for clinical excellence and award-winning care.

In addition, the center’s partnership with the Saint John’s Cancer Institute offers patients benefits from the latest medical technologies, clinical trials and research-backed procedures.

Trusted team of experts

At the Gastrointestinal Oncology Center, our multidisciplinary team of cancer professionals and GI specialists bring together the latest in cancer treatments and minimally invasive techniques. We provide empathetic and personalized cancer care to help you make the most informed decision about your treatment.

Our expert team includes:

  • Surgical oncologists
  • Medical oncologists
  • Radiation oncologists
  • Colorectal surgeons
  • Genetics counselors
  • Interventional radiologists
  • Pathologists
  • Nutritionists
  • Gastroenterologists 

Providence Saint John’s Gastrointestinal Oncology Center treats patients with a range of GI and pancreatic cancers, including:

  • Colorectal cancer
  • Liver cancers
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Esophagus cancer
  • Hepatobiliary tumors

By combining medical expertise with innovative technology, our doctors offer the best in treatment for pancreatic and gastrointestinal cancers. They work with you to design a personalized care plan that may consist of a wide array of advanced treatments, including:

  • Robotic and minimally invasive surgery

    Surgery is the most common and effective treatment for cancer. Our surgeons are among the most experienced in the country and have established national quality standards for the treatment of cancer.

    Often, surgeons will use minimally invasive techniques and/or robots to conduct surgeries. These methods can reduce pain, speed up recovery time and decrease the length of hospital stays for patients.

  • Pancreatectomy

    Pancreatectomies are conducted to remove tumors in the pancreas. A distal pancreatectomy removes sections of the pancreas, while a total pancreatectomy removes the entire pancreas as well as parts of the small intestine, bile duct, spleen, gallbladder, and lymph nodes.

  • Gastrectomy

    A gastrectomy is a surgery that removes part (partial or subtotal gastrectomy) or all (total gastrectomy) of the stomach as well as the surrounding lymph nodes.

  • Radiation therapies

    Radiation therapy uses high-energy rays to kill or shrink cancer cells. There are several ways to deliver radiation therapy including:

    • Brachytherapy
      Tiny radioactive seeds or capsules that contain radiation are placed in the body close to the tumor.
    • 3-D Conformal Radiation Therapy
      Radiation beams are shaped to match the tumor.
    • Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT)
      Using computer software and medical images, the treatment is tailored to the shape of the tumor to reduce the damage to healthy tissue.
    • External Radiation (External Beam Therapy)
      External radiation sends high levels of radiation directly to cancer cells. Special shields are often worn to protect tissue around the treatment area.
  • Targeted therapies

    New targeted therapies can be used to stop the growth of cancer cells. Some therapies interfere with the receptors on cancer cells, and others block the supporting blood vessels that help tumors survive.

  • Immunotherapy

    Instead of targeting cancerous tumors themselves, immunotherapy treatments rally the body’s natural defenses and the immune system to fight cancerous cells.

  • Thermal ablation

    Thermal ablation uses heat, cold, microwave or electrical currents to destroy tumor cells. The treatment can be performed in an outpatient setting under a CT scan, ultrasound or laparoscopic guidance.

  • Chemotherapy

    Chemotherapy uses oral or intravenous drugs to kill cancer cells. It may be given before surgery to shrink tumors, after surgery to remove remaining cancer cells or throughout treatment to prolong life.

  • Hyperthermic Intraoperative Chemotherapy (HIPEC)

    Hyperthermic Intraoperative Chemotherapy (HIPEC) is used to destroy cancer cells that are in the peritoneum, or the lining of the abdomen. The treatment involves the surgical remove of the tumor followed by the delivery of chemotherapy directly into the peritoneum, allowing a high concentration of chemotherapy to reach the tissue.

Providence Saint John’s works in partnership with the Saint John’s Cancer Institute (SJCI) to conduct research and clinical trials to advance cancer prevention, diagnoses and treatments. Many physicians and surgeons caring for patients at the Gastrointestinal Oncology Center at Providence Saint John’s are also faculty and/or physicians at SJCI.

Our research efforts have helped develop emerging treatment and prevention options such as using targeted therapies to stop the growth of cancer cells. In addition, through funding by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the research team at Saint John’s Cancer Institute helped identify patients who are likely to be cured by surgery alone, thereby avoiding the unnecessary toxicity of chemotherapy.

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We believe that no one should have to go through their cancer journey alone. That’s why Providence Saint John’s has a comprehensive Cancer Supportive Services program to help you and your loved one. The program offers a range of services that aim to address the physical, emotional, social, mental and spiritual needs of patients and their loved ones throughout the cancer journey.

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