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Your Medical Team for Gastrointestinal Cancers at The University of Colorado Cancer Center

The University of Colorado Cancer Center has a multidisciplinary team approach to care.

That means we bring all types of cancer specialists – including surgeons, oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, nurses, social workers, geneticists, counselors and more – to review a patient’s case, follow its progress and develop ways to achieve the best results.

As a leading national cancer center (and the only NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center in our vast region), we are able to attract many of the country’s best specialists.

Medical knowledge, as you might know, doubles every four years. Keeping up with it all is often hard for a community physician. But because each attending physician here is on the faculty of the renowned University of Colorado School of Medicine, each not only knows the latest proven treatments and research, but teaches it.

What it means for you

It means that each doctor on your care team has superior training in his or her area of expertise. These doctors then blend their specialties to create a patient-focused approach for each individual patient.

The CU Cancer Center Gastrointestinal Tumor Program:

  • Provides state-of-the-art care for those diagnosed with gastrointestinal cancer
  • Is recognized as a center for developing and setting new standards in the treatment of gastrointestinal and related cancers
  • Is recognized as a center for second opinions on all aspects of gastrointestinal cancer care

Core Team Members

Medical Oncologists – Oncologists are doctors who study and treat cancer. Medical oncologists focus on drug-based treatments to control, slow or kill cancer cells. These doctors often function as the “quarterbacks” of the multidisciplinary team. Our medical oncologists are:

  • Experts in determining which drugs work in which people
  • Experts in combining anti-cancer drugs with radiotherapy and surgery for the best possible outcomes
  • Experts in developing new drugs for treating lung cancer

Radiation Oncologists (Radiotherapists) – Radiation oncologists use X-rays and other types of medical radiation to control or kill cancer cells in the body. Our radiation oncologists are:

  • Experts in delivering high doses of radiotherapy very accurately in a small number of visits (“stereotactic body radiation therapy”)
  • Experts in combining radiation therapy with other treatments such as surgery or chemotherapy

Surgical Oncologists – Surgical oncologists are part of the multidisciplinary cancer team who specialize in operations that remove cancer from different areas of the body. They:

  • Consider the biology of the disease when planning surgery
  • Use innovative techniques that bring together complex surgical procedures
  • Understand how chemotherapy, radiation and other treatments may affect how you tolerate an operation
  • Study cancer at the bedside and in the laboratory

Other Team Members

Our team also includes:

  • Gastroenterologists, physicians who specialize in the digestive system
  • Liver transplant specialists
  • Pathologists who are world experts in diagnosing and classifying different cancers using microscopy and other laboratory techniques
  • Radiologists who are national leaders in interpreting X-rays and specialist scans
  • Nurse practitioners with advanced degrees and training
  • Oncology social workers, who help you manage the stresses associated with cancer diagnosis and treatment and help you find needed resources
  • Alternative therapists who provide massage, acupuncture, biofeedback and other therapies as an optional part of your treatment program

How to Schedule an Appointment

You may schedule any of our medical oncologists, radiation oncologists or thoracic surgeons directly.

If you are uncertain which specialist to see, or if you are coming for a second opinion, you might start with a medical oncologist. These doctors are comfortable working as your guide within the multidisciplinary team. Bring as much information about your diagnosis, past treatments and scans with you as you can.

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