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Gastrointestinal

Treatments & Services for GI Cancers

Depending on the care plan for each patient, treatment for GI cancers may include one or more of the following:

Multidisciplinary Clinic

  • In our multidisciplinary GI clinic, patients are seen in clinic by physicians who specialize in medical oncology, radiation oncology and surgical oncology.  
  • Patients with rectal and anal cancers will often be seen prior to, or following surgery in these clinics as referred by their surgeons.
  • Patients with esophageal and gastric cancers are usually seen either prior to surgery or following surgery as referred by their surgeons.
  • These clinics are held every Monday afternoon.

Chemotherapy

  • The outpatient chemotherapy clinics run Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Before you begin treatment, you will have an opportunity to attend a New Patient Chemotherapy Class.  In this session you will learn about what to expect during chemotherapy, how to manage possible side effects, how to look after yourself during chemotherapy and have the opportunity to ask questions about chemotherapy.

Radiation Therapy

  • The Radiation Treatment Program has 2 CT simulators and 11 treatment machines.
  • Brachytherapy commonly used with esophageal and gastric cancer.
  • Image-guided intensity modulated radiation treatment.  Radiation is delivered under CT guidance and allows for precise delivery of radiation doses to the cancer and sparing nearby healthy tissue and organs.

Concurrent Treatment

  • Radiation therapy and chemotherapy are used in combination as a multimodality treatment both pre operatively and post operatively.


Genetics Clinic

For patients who are concerned about their personal and/or family history of cancer, genetics counseling is provided by our Genetic Counsellor and medical oncologists who specialize in genetics.  In meeting with these experts, a patient's family history is reviewed to determine if their cancer might have a hereditary cause.  This information can be helpful when making medical decisions and managing cancer risk for patients and their families.

To be referred for genetic counseling services, please speak with your oncologist or primary nurse.

Healthy Eating

Our healthy eating class is for people who have completed cancer treatment and would like to know more about healthy eating. The sessions are approximately one hour and a half in length.  For more information or to register, please call Supportive Care at extension 64315.

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