Gastrointestinal Cancer Program Our Services
Patients of the Gastrointestinal Cancer Program have access to the most advanced diagnostic and treatment options available. Supportive care is also available through the CompleteLife Program whose staff compassionately support and educate our patients by tending to the emotional, mental, social and spiritual needs of our patients.
Many gastrointestinal diagnostic procedures that are now commonplace were first pioneered at the IU Simon Cancer Center. Our program is perhaps best known for its expertise in endoscopy, which involves inserting a long, flexible tube via the mouth or the rectum to visualize the digestive tract. Also, our Gastrointestinal Cancer Program developed use of nurse-administered anesthesia to provide a virtually pain-free colonoscopy. Patients undergo this important examination and wake up afterward feeling normal. The ease of this procedure helps in the diagnosis and treatment of cancerous and precancerous growths in the colon. The goal of the colonoscopy is to stop cancer in its tracks.
Gastrointestinal cancer diagnosis may be aided by one or more of the following tools:
Treatment options for gastrointestinal cancer include one or more of the following, based on the most current treatment recommendations and the needs of the patient:
IU Simon Cancer Center patients have access to all standard treatment therapies and, for those who qualify, state of the science clinical trials for care options not yet available elsewhere. Information is also available about ongoing clinical studies elsewhere in the United States.