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Gastrointestinal Cancers

The cancer team meets weekly to review patient cases.

Gastrointestinal cancers can be complex to diagnose. So many different organs are involved in the GI system, and  many of those can be affected by a primary cancer, or a cancer that has spread from a nearby organ.

Gastrointestinal Cancer Treatment in Annapolis, Maryland

With rapid advances in cancer treatment in the last decade, patients with gastrointestinal tumors have more hope than ever. A combination of drugs and surgery can be very effective on many of these cancers, including:

Expert GI Cancer Team

Our diagnostics for gastrointestinal tumors include endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) and endocscopic ultrasound (EUS), highly specialized procedures that allow your doctor to examine your GI tract for any growth using an endoscope. These minimally invasive procedures involve a short, twilight sleep with sedation while your doctor uses the endoscope to explore your GI tract.

Our physicians include two-fellowship trained surgical oncologists who specialize in GI oncology as well as a board-certified colorectal surgeon. This means your doctors focus their practice exclusively on surgery for upper GI cancers, as well as gastrointestinal tumors elsewhere in the GI tract, including the colon.  Their singular focus, training and experience means you will receive the most advanced GI cancer surgical treatment, based on the latest  medical research.

Gastrointestinal Oncologists Collaboration

Further, as we plan your treatment, a multidisciplinary team that includes surgeons, gastroenterologists, radiation and medical oncologists, hematologists, and pathologists collaborates to manage the treatment of gastrointestinal cancers.

Team members representing the various specialties attend weekly conferences to discuss complex cases and coordinate treatment. Experts in all aspects of cancer care work together to develop and implement the most effective treatment plans. They discuss options and recommend the best approach for each patient.

GI Cancer Clinical Trials

Our physicians are involved in a wide variety of research opportunities and clinical trials, giving our patients access to cutting-edge technologies and treatment offerings. Patients have the option to participate in research conducted at AAMC and at other locations across the nation.

In addition, the Anne Arundel Health System Research Institute has been named the inaugural affiliate of the Johns Hopkins Clinical Research Network. The network's goal is to allow patients at regional health systems such as AAMC to benefit from their advances in areas such as diagnostic, treatment, and disease prevention. This affiliation gives our patients access to authoritative clinical research and an even wider range of options in patient care. Learn more about our research.

Gastrointestinal Cancers we Treat

Pancreatic cancers

This is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells are found in the tissues of the pancreas. Also called exocrine cancer. ↑ Top

Bile duct cancer

A rare cancer that forms in the part of the bile duct that is outside the liver. The bile duct is the tube that collects bile from the liver and joins a duct from the gallbladder to form the common bile duct, which carries bile into the small intestine when food is digested. ↑ Top

Gallbladder cancers

This cancer forms in tissues of the gallbladder. The gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ below the liver that collects and stores bile (a fluid made by the liver to digest fat). Gallbladder cancer begins in the innermost layer of tissue and spreads through the outer layers as it grows. ↑ Top

Esophageal cancers

This is a cancer that forms in tissues lining the esophagus (the muscular tube through which food passes from the throat to the stomach). Two types of esophageal cancer are squamous cell carcinoma (cancer that begins in flat cells lining the esophagus) and adenocarcinoma (cancer that begins in cells that make and release mucus and other fluids). ↑ Top

Stomach or Gastric cancers

This cancer forms in tissues lining the stomach. Also called gastric cancer. ↑ Top

Colorectal cancers

Cancer that forms in the tissues of the colon (the longest part of the large intestine). Most colon cancers are adenocarcinomas (cancers that begin in cells that make and release mucus and other fluids). Rectal cancer is cancer that forms in the tissues of the rectum (the last several inches of the large intestine closest to the anus). ↑ Top

Anal cancers

This cancer forms in anal tissues. The anus is the opening of the rectum (last part of the large intestine) to the outside of the body. ↑ Top

Liver tumors

Primary liver cancer forms in the tissues of the liver. Secondary liver cancer spreads to the liver from another part of the body. ↑ Top

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