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Colon and gastrointestinal cancer care, nearby

Gastrointestinal surgeons and oncologists at Ascension sites of care deliver advanced care for colon and other types of gastrointestinal cancer.

When you choose cancer centers and gastrointestinal (GI) clinics at Ascension sites of care, you get a care team that is part of a national network. Our experienced cancer doctors share best practices and the latest in cancer treatment and research – bringing the best of cancer care to you. Every appointment with your oncologist or GI care team starts with a compassionate conversation. Your doctor answers your questions and gets to know you. So, you get a personalized cancer care plan. And with a plan, comes hope. We will help you navigate your care and will be by your side every step of the way, connecting the dots. Our goal is to help you get back to home, family, life and self sooner.

Comprehensive care for colon (colorectal) cancer

Not counting skin cancer, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in men and women. Early and accurate screening and diagnoses are important. And getting the right treatment at the right time decreases the challenges of later-stage colon cancer diagnosis. From colonoscopy and the removal of precancerous polyps to colon surgery, targeted radiation treatment and chemotherapy, our cancer care team has the expertise to deliver treatment options for both early and later-stage cancer diagnoses.

Your doctor and care team work together with you on a care plan. First, you will meet with a colorectal specialist and care team to discuss your diagnosis and care options. Your doctor will answer your questions, paying attention to your physical and emotional needs and those of your caregivers, including what you can eat. In addition to your surgeon, your care team may include a medical oncologist, radiation oncologist, radiation therapist, oncology-certified nurses, dietitian, social worker, chaplain and supportive palliative care specialist. And your entire care team stays connected to discuss your treatment and progress. As your care needs change, we’re ready to support you.

Advanced cancer care for GI cancers

At many Ascension sites of care, we have gastrointestinal cancer care teams with hepatobiliary specialists and interventional oncologists specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of gallbladder cancer, liver cancer, bile duct cancer, pancreatic cancer and stomach cancer, also called gastric cancer. Our surgical, radiation and medical oncology care teams deliver advanced treatments to help manage cancer symptoms so you can enjoy the activities you love to do. Your care plan for GI cancer may include: 

  • Complex abdominal surgery and bowel resection
  • HIPEC (a chemotherapy procedure applied during surgery)
  • TACE liver chemoembolization
  • Y-90 radioembolization for liver cancer 

Abdominal surgery for cancer with an enhanced recovery care plan 

If your care plan includes surgery or bowel reconstruction, surgeons at Ascension sites of care use the latest surgical techniques to help improve your recovery and your quality of life. Your care team may also refer to enhanced recovery pathways as part of your surgical care plan. They are an important part of our cancer treatment programs. Each pathway is personalized for different types of cancer treatments, to help speed up your recovery after surgery. Throughout your care, your care team uses these protocols to help you prepare for what to expect before, during and after surgery.
 

Across our national network, we also deliver local ablation treatments, radiation therapy and medication therapies (chemotherapy and immunotherapy) for many types of cancer delivered by highly trained specialists. If you want to learn more about other possible options, talk to your doctor. You may want to ask whether cancer clinical trials are the right option for your care. 

 

Team approach helps navigate tests and support services

Along the way, your care may require a colonoscopy, imaging, lab tests, pharmacy support, nutrition counseling or other specialists. You do not have to navigate your care alone. Your care team will help you schedule appointments, connect with other services and support groups, and answer your questions. From your first consultation and throughout your ongoing care, you and your doctor will stay connected through in-person and virtual visits. When you come into the clinic for your appointments, know that we’re maintaining strict precautions to keep you safe in our care.

Screenings to help detect colon cancer early

Getting regular colon screening may help find cancer early, when it is most treatable. Early detection may allow for more options for treatment too. Talk with your doctor about a screening colonoscopy or at-home colorectal tests that are right for you based on your age, family history, smoking history and other risk factors. If you have been previously diagnosed with cancer or are in remission, screenings may be an ongoing part of your cancer care. Talk with your doctor about the right timing for ongoing screenings. If you need help finding a doctor, we can help.

Get a second opinion on your gastrointestinal or colon cancer diagnosis or care plan

Get the confidence and peace of mind that your doctor and care plan are right for you. It's easy to get a second opinion at Ascension sites of care. We can review your medical records and healthcare history to answer your questions and discuss options. Talk with one of our doctors about a personalized care plan. 

When you are facing a new diagnosis or are deciding on a surgical or therapeutic treatment plan, there’s a lot to think about. Our cancer specialists can provide a second opinion, based on our experience and as part of an integrated national network of care.

Before your appointment, check with your insurance company to find out if a second opinion is covered. We can request your medical records on your behalf, so that they can be shared with your care team before your arrival.

Financial assistance and support is available

We can connect you with resources and programs that may be able to help you and your family with options for financial assistance. Our financial counseling team is here to listen to your concerns and work with you to help find options that meet your needs.

 

Choose Ascension for treating gastrointestinal and colorectal cancers