University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute | UCCI

Contact and Appointments: (513) 475-8500

Treatment & Services

Diagnosing Gastrointestinal Cancer

UC Cancer Institute Gastrointestinal Cancer Center has the most current imaging technologies in the region.

Our ability to capture the sharpest, most detailed pictures of your digestive organs helps us to more accurately diagnose if you have cancer and the type and extent of your cancer. We have several GI radiologists and pathologists specially trained to identify digestive system cancer.

These tools help us decide which treatments will benefit you most:

  • 64-slice CT scanner, which can scan the body in 30 seconds and produce clearer images that can lead to more precise treatments
  • MRI-directed ultrasound uses both MRI images and high-frequency sound waves to precisely locate the boundaries of a tumor and guide your physician in taking a biopsy (tissue sample) of the tumor for further study
  • Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), which uses a scope inserted into the body and guided by ultrasound to locate tumors and remove tissue samples. This method can detect smaller tumors than other imaging and help with identifying a tumor’s stage
  • Capsule endoscopy, a procedure in which you swallow a vitamin-sized capsule containing a tiny, wireless camera. The camera take pictures of your digestive tract
  • Radiologic-guided biopsies , in which a radiologist uses ultrasound to locate and remove a tissue sample from a tumor
  • Positron emission tomography (PET) scanner, an imaging test that uses a radioactive substance called a tracer to look for disease in the body. A PET scan shows how organs and tissues are working

Treating Gastrointestinal Cancer

At UC Cancer Institute, we offer you a coordinated treatment plan that may include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy or a combination of these treatments.

Areas in which we excel:

Surgeries:
Whipple (Pancreaticoduodenectomy)
Esophagectomy
Gastrectomy
Liver Resection
Proctectomy

Radiation:
2-D and 3-D radiation therapy and stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) for GI cancer can be used if you are not a candidate for surgery or you do not wish to receive surgery. Radiation beams are targeted precisely from multiple angles to kill cancer cells while minimizing damage to healthy cells.

Chemotherapy:
Cytoreduction HIPEC (hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy), a procedure for advanced appendix and colorectal cancers. We have the area’s most skilled physicians in using this “chemobath” to treat cancers that have spread into the peritoneum (tissue lining the abdomen).

High-dose chemotherapy treatment is applied directly to the affected area from inside the body when the tumor is removed.

We also offer novel chemotherapy agents not generally available at other cancer treatment facilities in the Greater Cincinnati area. Our GI oncologists also give you access to the latest medications available through clinical trials.

Tumor-targeted therapies attack certain types of GI cancer cells. Because these therapies spare healthy cells, they have fewer side effects.

Prevention and Screening

UC Health has a screening program for families at high risk for inheriting certain GI cancers.

For more information, contact:
Pancreatic Disease Center: 513-584-0437
Liver and Bile Duct Cancer Center: 513-475-8787
Esophageal Disease Center: 513-584-6920
Colorectal Cancer Center: 513-584-GIDR (4437)