Gastrointestinal Cancer Diagnosis And Treatment

in Fort Lauderdale

Gastrointestinal Stroma Tumors (GIST)

Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) are a type of intestinal cancer arising in the connective tissue layer of the gastrointestinal tract (esophagus, stomach, small intestine [duodenum, jejunum, ileum], colon or rectum) which are often found incidentally on radiologic imaging or because they cause symptoms such as bleeding or obstruction. Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) treatment is based on the patient’s history, clinical status, cancer stage, and even the genetic characteristics of their tumor. In fact, gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) treatment was one of the first that developed the role of targeted therapy based on the genetic mutation of the tumor.
Therefore, the genetic mutations of the tumor play an important role in guiding treatment in gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST). Treatment options include surgery and targeted therapy. Therefore, it is important for patients to be educated by their team on all of their treatment options, not just surgery. Patients and their families should be aware of the risks, benefits, and alternatives to their treatment options, including potential clinical trials, before proceeding with definitive treatment.

Because of the rapid pace of advances in the treatment of cancer through clinical trials, we participate in a robust active research program so that our patients in South Florida will have access to world-class care close to home without having to travel long distances. We approach our patients with a new diagnosis gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) as a whole person, which includes access to the comprehensive services of our team’s multidisciplinary team, from diagnosis and treatment to long-term survivorship.

 

Gastric Cancer

Gastric cancer is one of the most common types of cancer worldwide and in the U.S. it has become increasingly more common in cases affecting the upper stomach near the esophagus. Gastric cancer treatment is based on the TNM staging system and the genetic/molecular characteristic of the tumor.

Treatment includes surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, targeted therapy, and/or clinical trials. When surgery is required, often patients are offered chemotherapy before and after surgery, rather than just starting with surgery alone because of how much this approach has improved patient outcomes. Surgical treatment has made significant advances over the last few years with the implementation of minimally invasive and robotic surgery as well as enhanced surgical recovery protocols to reduce the side effects of surgery and the length of postoperative recovery.

Even in patients with advanced disease, the dramatic advances in cancer treatment are now providing patients with options that did not exist just a few years ago.

Because of the rapid advances in cancer care, before proceeding with treatment it is important for the patient and their family to be aware of all of their treatment options, not just surgery, including the potential for clinical trials if appropriate. We participate in a robust active research program so that our patients in South Florida will have access to world-class care close to home without having to travel long distances. We approach our patients with a new diagnosis of gastric cancer as a whole person, which includes access to the comprehensive services of our team’s multidisciplinary team, from diagnosis and treatment to long-term survivorship.

 

Esophageal Cancer

Esophageal cancer is a type of cancer that has become increasingly more common recently, especially in cases affecting the lower esophagus close to the stomach. There are two main subtypes, squamous cell carcinoma, and adenocarcinoma. Esophageal cancer treatment is based on the TNM staging system and the genetic/molecular characteristic of the tumor.
Treatment includes surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, targeted therapy, and/or clinical trials. When surgery is required, often patients are offered chemotherapy with radiation first, rather than just starting with surgery alone, because of how much this approach has improved patient outcomes. Surgical treatment has made significant advances over the last few years with the implementation of minimally invasive and robotic surgery as well as enhanced surgical recovery protocols to reduce the side effects of surgery and the length of postoperative recovery. Even in patients with advanced disease, the dramatic advances in cancer treatment are now providing patients with options that did not exist just a few years ago.

Because of the rapid advances in cancer care, before proceeding with treatment it is important for the patient and their family to be aware of all of their treatment options, not just surgery, including the potential for clinical trials if appropriate. We participate in a robust active research program so that our patients in South Florida will have access to world-class care close to home without having to travel long distances. We approach our patients with a new diagnosis of esophageal cancer as a whole person, which includes access to the comprehensive services of our team’s multidisciplinary team, from diagnosis and treatment to long-term survivorship.

 

Colon Cancer

Colon cancer accounts for one of the most common cancer diagnoses in the United States, and rates continue to rise. We are actively involved in clinical trials to prevent and hopefully cure this disease that affects so many patients and families. We offer patients a multidisciplinary personalized approach that incorporates the latest advances in minimally invasive techniques and enhanced surgical recovery. For more information, please contact our office.

The treatment of gastrointestinal cancer requires a multidisciplinary team dedicated to tailoring a personalized plan of care that incorporates the latest advances in minimally invasive robotic surgery, enhanced surgical recovery protocols, genetic counseling, advances in research, and access to clinical trials. Specific areas of focus include colon cancer, rectal cancer, pancreatic cancer, gastric cancer, esophageal cancer, hepatic and biliary cancer, gastrointestinal storm tumors, neuroendocrine and carcinoid tumors, and cancer of the small intestine. For more information, please contact our office.

Pancreatic Cancer and Cysts

Pancreatic cysts, tumors and cancers are a group of pancreatic abnormalities that are becoming increasingly prevalent in the U.S., especially with the increasing use of CT scans and MRI imaging of the abdomen for other diseases. However, the appropriate diagnosis and management of these pancreatic abnormalities are complex, requiring a multidisciplinary team to navigate this process. The first step in treatment requires the establishment of a diagnosis, before proceeding with any treatment, especially before surgery. For non-cancerous tumors or cysts of the pancreas, the patient must be evaluated for their risk of malignancy, which may include other tests, potentially even genetic testing and counseling if indicated, before final recommendations can be provided.

For pancreatic cancer, the treatment depends on the type of cancer (adenocarcinoma, cholangiocarcinoma, gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST), pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor, lymphoma, sarcoma, metastatic cancer to the pancreas, etc), cancer stage, and the clinical status of the patient. Treatment options include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and/or clinical trials. When surgery is required, often patients are offered chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy, rather than just starting with surgery alone, depending on the cancer stage and the clinical status.

Surgical treatment has made significant advances over the last few years with the implementation of minimally invasive and robotic surgery as well as enhanced surgical recovery protocols to reduce the side effects of surgery and the length of postoperative recovery. Even in patients with advanced disease, the dramatic advances in cancer treatment are now providing patients with options that did not exist just a few years ago.

Because of the rapid advances in cancer care, before proceeding with treatment it is important for the patient and their family to be aware of all of their treatment options, not just surgery, including the potential for clinical trials if appropriate. We participate in a robust active research program so that our patients in South Florida will have access to world-class care close to home without having to travel long distances. We approach our patients with a new diagnosis of the pancreatic cyst, tumor and/or cancer as a whole person, which includes access to the comprehensive services of our team’s multidisciplinary team, from diagnosis and treatment to long-term survivorship.

 

Heptatic (liver) Cancer, Tumors, and Cysts

Hepatics cysts, tumors and cancers are a group of hepatic abnormalities that are becoming increasingly prevalent in the U.S., especially with the increasing use of CT scan and MRI imaging of the abdomen for other diseases. Furthermore, because of the increasing prevalence of liver disease and dysfunction, including hepatitis and cirrhosis, more patients are being diagnosed with these hepatic abnormalities. However, the appropriate diagnosis and management of these hepatic abnormalities are complex, requiring a multidisciplinary team to navigate this process.

The first step in treatment requires the establishment of a diagnosis, before proceeding with any treatment, especially before surgery. For non-cancerous tumors or cysts of the liver, the patient must be evaluated for their risk of malignancy, which may include other tests, potentially even genetic testing and counseling if indicated, before final recommendations can be provided.

For liver cancers, the treatment depends on the type of cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma, cholangiocarcinoma, lymphoma, sarcoma, metastatic cancer to the liver, etc), cancer stage, and the clinical status of the patient. Treatment options include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, targeted therapy, non-surgical local therapy, and/or clinical trials.

Surgical treatment has made significant advances over the last few years with the implementation of minimally invasive and robotic surgery as well as enhanced surgical recovery protocols to reduce the side effects of surgery and the length of postoperative recovery. Even in patients with advanced disease, the dramatic advances in cancer treatment are now providing patients with options that did not exist just a few years ago.

Because of the rapid advances in cancer care, before proceeding with treatment it is important for the patient and their family to be aware of all of their treatment options, not just surgery, including the potential for clinical trials if appropriate. We participate in a robust active research program so that our patients in South Florida will have access to world-class care close to home without having to travel long distances. We approach our patients with a new diagnosis of hepatic cysts, tumors and/or cancer as a whole person, which includes access to the comprehensive services of our team’s multidisciplinary team, from diagnosis and treatment to long-term survivorship.

 

Gallbladder and Bile Duct Tumors, Cancers, Cysts, & Stones

Gallbladder and bile duct tumors, cancers, cysts, and stones are a group of biliary abnormalities that are becoming increasingly prevalent in the U.S., especially with the increasing use of CT scan and MRI imaging of the abdomen for other diseases. Furthermore, because of the increasing prevalence of liver disease and dysfunction, including hepatitis and cirrhosis, more patients are being diagnosed with these biliary abnormalities. However, the appropriate diagnosis and management of these abnormalities are complex, requiring a multidisciplinary team to navigate this process. The first step in treatment requires the establishment of a diagnosis, before proceeding with any treatment, especially before surgery.
For gallbladder and bile duct stones, the treatment depends on the multidisciplinary evaluation of the patient before proceeding with surgery. For non-cancerous tumors or cysts of the biliary tree, the patient must be evaluated for their risk of malignancy, which may include other tests, potentially even genetic testing and counseling if indicated, before final recommendations can be provided. For biliary cancers, the treatment depends on the type of cancer (cholangiocarcinoma, metastatic cancer invading the biliary tree, etc), cancer stage, and the clinical status of the patient. Treatment options include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, targeted therapy, non-surgical local therapy, and/or clinical trials. Surgical treatment has made significant advances over the last few years with the implementation of minimally invasive and robotic surgery as well as enhanced surgical recovery protocols to reduce the side effects of surgery and the length of postoperative recovery.

Even in patients with advanced disease, the dramatic advances in cancer treatment are now providing patients with options that did not exist just a few years ago.

Because of the rapid advances in cancer care, before proceeding with treatment it is important for the patient and their family to be aware of all of their treatment options, not just surgery, including the potential for clinical trials if appropriate. We participate in a robust active research program so that our patients in South Florida will have access to world-class care close to home without having to travel long distances. We approach our patients with a new diagnosis of gallbladder and bile duct tumors, cancers, cysts, and stones as a whole person, which includes access to the comprehensive services of our team’s multidisciplinary team, from diagnosis and treatment to long-term survivorship.

Gastrointestinal Carcinoid Tumor

Carcinoid and Neuroendocrine Tumors are a type of cancer often arising in the gastrointestinal tract (esophagus, stomach, small intestine [duodenum, jejunum, ileum], colon or rectum, even pancreas, and liver) which are often found incidentally on radiologic imaging or because they cause symptoms such as bleeding or obstruction or symptoms associated with the hormones they secrete. Carcinoid and Neuroendocrine Tumors treatment are based on the patient’s history, clinical status, cancer stage, and even the genetic characteristics of their tumor.

Treatment options include surgery, radiation therapy, localized interventional procedures, systemic therapies such as chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, and/or targeted therapy, including clinical trials. Therefore, it is important for patients to be educated by their team on all of their treatment options, not just surgery. Patients and their families should be aware of the risks, benefits, and alternatives to their treatment options, including potential clinical trials, before proceeding with definitive treatment.

Because of the rapid pace of advances in the treatment of cancer through clinical trials, we participate in a robust active research program so that our patients in South Florida will have access to world-class care close to home without having to travel long distances. We approach our patients with a new diagnosis of carcinoid and neuroendocrine tumors as a whole person, which includes access to the comprehensive services of our team’s multidisciplinary team, from diagnosis and treatment to long-term survivorship.

 

Rectal Cancer Diagnosis And Treatment

Rectal cancer accounts for one of the most common cancer diagnoses in the United States, a disease with a major impact on quality of life because of the potential need for permanent colostomy. We offer patients a multidisciplinary personalized approach which incorporates the latest advances in minimally invasive techniques, enhanced surgical recovery, anal sphincter preservation, multimodality treatment and access to clinical trials. For more information please contact our office at (954) 543-7373.

Duodenum/Jejunum/Ileum/Small Intestine

The small intestine is composed of the duodenum, jejunum and ileum, three organs which are critical for nutritional absorption. Patients can develop cancers of the small intestine as well as tumors, cysts, ulcers and other lesions. We offer patients a multidisciplinary evaluation to establish the diagnosis and to develop a personalized treatment including, including the potential role for minimally invasive multimodality surgery, enhanced recovers and cancer genomics.

Appendix

Diseases of the appendix include the most common diagnosis of appendicitis, but there are also tumors of the appendix which include rare cancers as well. We offer patients a multidisciplinary evaluation to establish the diagnosis and to develop a personalized treatment including, including the potential role for minimally invasive multimodality surgery, enhanced recovers and cancer genomics.

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