Gastrointestinal Cancer Treatment
Giving you a Supportive Team for the Right Solution
We’re the first in San Antonio to offer a comprehensive G.I. Cancer Center (GICC) for the prevention, identification and treatment of gastrointestinal cancers.
The GICC brings together a multidisciplinary team of fellowship and specialty trained cancer surgeons, interventional radiologists, advanced endoscopists, medical oncologists, and radiation oncologists. Our physicians and experienced staff utilize state of the art techniques to provide a personalized, innovative approach that puts you first.
- Multidisciplinary team of trained physicians experienced in GI cancer
- Advanced diagnostic technology and techniques to improve treatment planning
- Collaboration and communication with you from the beginning
- Nurse navigation to guide patients through the entire journey
- Genetic counseling to identify and help reduce cancer risks
Support for the Entire Journey
A nurse navigator is an oncology nurse who offers support and education to newly diagnosed patients and to patients already undergoing treatment. They ensure our patients are informed throughout their experiences and provide as smooth a journey as possible. They are also in constant communication with your progress.
A genetic counselor provides you with a personalized cancer risk assessment for hereditary cancer syndromes. They empower you to better understand the personal risk factors and family health history and to develop your own cancer screening plan.
Specific Cancers Treated
- liver - primary and metastatic tumors
- small intestine
- large intestine
- bile duct
Advanced Treatment Advanced Care
Surgery for gastrointestinal tumors represents one of the key components of successful treatment and the ability to provide the best possible outcomes. The Baptist GICC provides access to experienced, fellowship trained surgeons who provide surgical care for the treatment of tumors of the esophagus, stomach, liver, pancreas bile ducts, small and large intestine and rectum.
Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)
RFA is a guided procedure that uses high-energy radio waves to heat and destroy cancer cells.
Halo Radiofrequency Ablation
Treatment of Barrett’s esophagus is now possible using a new technology called HALO Radiofrequency Ablation. The endoscopic HALO system delivers quick (less than one second) bursts of controlled heat to remove a very small layer of the diseased esophagus while avoiding injury to normal healthy tissue. HALO RFA procedures are performed without incisions and patients go home the same day.
Liver Directed Therapies/Y-90 Microsphere Radioembolization
An FDA-approved, non-surgical innovative treatment that uses tiny beads called microspheres delivers radiation directly to tumors in the liver. The microspheres are embedded with radioactive element Y-90 and is delivered through the hepatic artery and into the liver’s blood vessels to kill cancer cells while sparing healthy tissue.
In this procedure, microwaves are transmitted through a probe that are used to heat and destroy the abnormal tissue.
Transcatheter Arterial Chemoembolization (Tace)
TACE is a minimally invasive procedure that restricts a tumor’s blood supply. Small, embolic particles coated with chemotherapeutic agents are injected selectively into an artery directly supplying a tumor.