Steven Fleisher, MD, chief of gastroenterology at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center.
Gastrointestinal (GI) cancer includes cancer of the GI tract, which include those organs that digest and draw nutrients from food. GI cancer can also occur in the gastrointenstial-related organs.
- Anal Canal
At MedStar Health, we understand how difficult a cancer diagnosis is, and we want you to know, our cancer teams are devoted to your care—from diagnosis to treatment to follow up care, our knowledgeable doctors and nurses will answer any questions you may have and will be with you every step of the way.
Top Gastrointestinal Cancer Care
- Our patients benefit from a multidisciplinary approach that devotes a team of specialists to their care:
- Our highly-specialized surgical oncologists work with specialists in the fields of radiation oncology, chemotherapy, and gastroenterology.
- Each patient is evaluated by a team of experts in weekly multidisciplinary tumor board meetings to formulate the best plan of care.
- We offer the whole spectrum of surgical options, from minimally-invasive laparoscopic procedures to complex resections and reconstructions of the gastrointestinal tract.
- We regularly treat even the rarest forms of stomach cancer, such as gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST), and lead the clinical trials that have revolutionized the treatment of this disease.
Here is what you can expect from MedStar Health during the cancer process:
- Diagnosis: Patients with gastrointestinal cancers may undergo several tests to diagnose their cancer and/or determine its location and extent.
- Colonoscopy: Colonoscopy is a test that allows your doctor to look at the inner lining of your large intestine (rectum and colon). A thin, flexible, lighted tube called a colonoscope is inserted into the rectum and entire colon to find ulcers, colon polyps, tumors, and areas of inflammation or bleeding.
- Endoscopy: A nonsurgical procedure used to examine a person's digestive tract. Using an endoscope, a flexible tube with a light and camera attached to it, your doctor can view pictures of your digestive tract.
- Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS): This procedure allows your doctor to examine your esophageal and stomach linings and the walls of your upper and lower gastrointestinal tract, using a thin probe that records high-quality ultrasound images. Your doctor will look for signs of cancer, determine if your cancer has spread, or biopsy a mass.
- Laparoscopic surgery: Your doctor may need to perform exploratory surgery to find out if your cancer has spread. Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that allows your doctor to insert a small camera and surgical instruments through several small abdominal incisions.
- Imaging tests: Your doctor may order other imaging tests, including MRI, CT Scan, or PET .
- Treatment: Once your health team confirms your diagnosis, we will work with you to create an individualized treatment plan. Treatment options differ from patient to patient, but most often include surgery and/or radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy.
- Recovery: Proper follow-up care is the final crucial step in cancer treatment. After your treatment, your team of surgical oncologists will follow your recovery closely. We will meet with you and repeat imaging and diagnostic tests to make sure the cancer is not returning or spreading.
Read more about the types of GI cancers treated at MedStar Franklin Square, including
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For more information about our clinical trials, please call 443-777-7364.
MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Cancer Institute
9103 Franklin Square Drive
Baltimore, MD 21237