Cancers of the gastrointestinal tract are a major health care burden and constitute the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in both men and women in the United States. Gastrointestinal cancers include those of the esophagus, stomach, pancreas, bile duct, liver, colon, rectum , anus, intestine, and peritoneum. In the past decade, several therapeutic advances have led to better treatment options and improved outcomes for patients with these cancers.
Our goal is to strive for excellence in every aspect of care that we provide in order to improve the overall outcomes and quality of life in all of our patients with gastrointestinal diseases.
When you enter treatment at UofL James Graham Brown Cancer Center, you are choosing the facility that offers the latest in surgical techniques, radiation therapy, drug therapies and clinical trials.
UofL Brown Cancer Center provides the highest level of clinical cancer care in the region, access to the latest cancer research, and the benefits of a team-focused, multidisciplinary approach led by a nurse navigator.
We mean that the clinical plan for each patient is:
Customized – you are not a case; you are a patient, and each individual’s care is tailored to the needs of the patient
Comprehensive – we consider the physical, emotional, psychological and social needs of each patient to ensure holistic care that provides the best care and outcomes possible
Coordinated – as your multidisciplinary cancer team, all the physicians and specialists who are providing your treatment meet for a team conference to synthesize their efforts
Each member of your clinical team meets together in one room to collaborate and bring the best knowledge to the table to discuss your diagnosis and determine the best course of treatment moving forward. This approach ensures each and every patient receives the ideal combination of treatments and therapies.
Your highly-trained multidisciplinary team of physicians includes specialists in surgical oncology, hepato-pancreatico-biliary (HPB) surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, interventional radiology as well as several other disciplines with specific interest and expertise in treating patients with gastrointestinal cancers.
But because we know cancer treatment is not just about medical care, it’s about patients – your team will include a nurse navigator who coordinates all aspects of your care. Your team may also include psychologists, social workers, pharmacists, nutritionists, rehabilitation specialists and other appropriate medical professionals.
In addition, our specially-trained oncology nurses will care for you before, during, and after treatment; help manage cancer trials; and educate you about what to expect. They also communicate with your family members and other members of your support team to address their needs and concerns.