Gastrointestinal Cancer

Each year, more than 250,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with gastrointestinal (GI) cancers – any cancer that starts in the digestive system. These cancers account for approximately 20 percent of all newly diagnosed cancers. Most commonly, these include:

GI cancers are complex, so getting treatment from doctors who are experienced in treating them is essential. At UT Southwestern Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center, our GI cancer team is dedicated to these cancers.

This specialization is unique in North Texas because many cancer doctors in the community see a variety of different cancers. Our team focuses on GI cancers all day, every day. For our patients, this means we can better answer your questions and create an individualized treatment plan assembled just for you.

Unique Treatment

For some patients, standard care options don’t help. As an academic medical center and the only cancer center in North Texas designated as a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute, UT Southwestern offers many new GI cancer treatments through clinical trials at their earliest stages of development, before they are available at other medical centers.

With some of the most experienced GI cancer surgeons in Texas, we can offer a comprehensive range of treatments. Minimally invasive techniques, including robotic surgery, help our patients recover faster, and our high volume of surgical cases means better outcomes for our patients.

When radiation therapy is needed, our GI cancer-focused radiation oncologists use the latest techniques with the most modern approaches including 3-D conformal radiotherapy, intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), and brachytherapy implants.

To treat the whole patient, not just the cancer, we offer other resources you may need during your cancer journey, including nutrition counseling, support groups for you and your family, physical therapy and rehabilitation, lifestyle education, genetic counseling, and much more.

Meet the Team

Our entire team of GI cancer specialists – medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, gastroenterologists, and others – work closely together in the same environment. It’s not uncommon for patients to see more than one specialist at an appointment when needed. We meet regularly, whether impromptu after your appointment or formally in the weekly multidisciplinary team meeting. Collaboration and communication are always a part of your treatment plan.

Learn more about our gastrointestinal cancer specialists.

Clinical Trials

UT Southwestern offers clinical trials that may provide you with an opportunity to complement traditional therapy for gastrointestinal cancer with the newest, most promising treatment strategies.

Talk with your doctor to determine if a clinical trial is right for you or see current gastrointestinal cancer clinical trials.

Request an Appointment

To schedule an appointment with a GI cancer specialist, request an appointment or call 214-645-8300.