Lynn Cancer Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital has a gastrointestinal cancer team that understands the importance of complete, well-rounded treatment. Our approach involves experts from various specialties to make sure we treat every aspect of your disease.
Gastrointestinal cancers (GI cancers) affect tissues and organs in the digestive system, including the colon, rectum, pancreas, esophagus and stomach.
At Lynn Cancer Institute, you’ll have an entire team on your side throughout your treatment journey. We work together and communicate frequently on your treatment plan to make sure we’re meeting your needs and providing the best possible outcome.
What types of gastrointestinal cancers are treated at Lynn Cancer Institute?
Lynn Cancer Institute treats a full range of GI cancers, including:
- Colorectal cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Liver cancer
- Bile duct cancer
- Anal cancer
- Stomach cancer
- Esophageal cancer
Colorectal cancer is one of the most common GI cancers we treat at Lynn Cancer Institute. Because rectal cancer requires specialized expertise from multiple disciplines and we’ve brought together the region’s top experts in rectal cancer to provide highly specialized and effective treatment.
How do Lynn Cancer Institute experts diagnose gastrointestinal cancers?
If your doctor has diagnosed you with GI cancer, or suspects you have GI cancer, our team will ask you to undergo some additional tests. These tests will help us pinpoint your exact diagnosis and come up with the right treatment plan for you.
Depending on your symptoms and diagnosis, we may have you undergo imaging tests. Lynn Cancer Institute has access to a full spectrum of imaging options, including:
- CT scans
- PET scans
- Ultrasounds (including endoscopic ultrasounds)
Our rectal cancer team also includes radiologists who are specially trained in MRIs used to diagnose rectal cancers.
In some cases, we may need to take a sample of tissue (biopsy) from the tumor or surrounding area. Our team includes interventional gastroenterologists who specialize in taking these biopsies during endoscopic ultrasounds.
Our team may also use the biopsy for molecular testing on your tumor. This allows us to find a treatment that’s personalized to your specific tumor type.
At Lynn Cancer Institute, all of our diagnostic tests are available under one roof. This helps reduce your travel time and allows us to come up with an accurate diagnosis as quickly as possible.
How does Lynn Cancer Institute treat gastrointestinal cancers?
At Lynn Cancer Institute, we have access to a full spectrum of treatment options for GI cancers. This means we can customize an approach to fit your unique needs.
Every GI cancer patient has the opportunity to have an evaluation at our multimodality clinic. During this clinic, you will meet with all the experts on our team at the same visit. We’ll talk through your diagnosis, discuss treatment options and additional testing (if needed), and spend time answering your questions.
After this initial meeting, our team of specialists will collaborate on your treatment plan. We’ll review all of your tests and imaging while considering your personal preferences and overall health.
Your treatment plan will depend on your specific tumor type and diagnosis. Treatment may include:
- Targeted therapy
- Radiation therapy
- CyberKnife™ radiosurgery
We also make sure support services are part of your treatment plan. These services can include:
- Nutrition counseling
- Social work support or counseling
- Exercise and wellness classes, including yoga and Tai Chi
When you come to Lynn Cancer Institute for GI cancer treatment, you can expect:
- A complete treatment plan that considers all aspects of your health and wellbeing
- A team of experts who collaborate on your treatment and work together to support you throughout the cancer journey
The latest diagnostic technology and treatment options available under one roof
If you live in the Boca Raton area part-time, our team can work with your home doctor throughout the treatment process. We communicate frequently with doctors in different parts of the country to make sure our patients have seamless care regardless of where they’re staying.
Our team is always looking for new treatment options through clinical trials. However, your eligibility for a trial depends on your specific diagnosis. If we think you would be a good fit for a clinical trial, we will work with you on the enrollment and treatment process.
Meet the Team
Our team includes medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, interventional radiologists and interventional gastroenterologists who all specialize in GI cancers. We also work closely with nutritionists, social workers, nurses and other support staff.
Miami Cancer Institute can provide access to clinical trials not widely available elsewhere. Clinical trials find new ways to treat and diagnose cancer and are ongoing. If an appropriate trial is available, we will talk to you about the benefits and risks.