Treatment Options

UT Southwestern Medical Center’s physicians have access to the latest technology, diagnostic procedures, and treatments for gastrointestinal cancers. On-site, state-of-the-art technology meets their demands as they collaborate to deliver the most advanced treatments in a patient-friendly environment.

Dedicated patient coordinators (oncology-certified nurse practitioners) work closely with the physician team to streamline your entire experience.

Common procedures include:

  • Colonoscopy
  • Computed tomography
  • Cytroreductive Surgery/HIPEC
  • Diagnostic laparoscopy
  • Embolization
  • Endoscopic stent placement
  • Endoscopic ultrasound
  • ERCP
  • Laparoscopic resections
  • Organ-sparing resections
  • Percutaneous procedures
  • PET scans
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Sigmoidoscopy
  • Stereotactic body radiation therapy
  • Targeted therapy
  • Upper GI endoscopy

Risk Factors

Cancer-risk reduction is a major part of the gastrointestinal cancer program at UT Southwestern. Risk factors such as personal or family history of colorectal cancer or polyps are taken into consideration when determining whether patients are candidates for preventive screenings or procedures that can reduce the risk for developing gastrointestinal cancer.

Clinical Trials

Our GI cancer program offers major national clinical trials to patients with all types and at all stages of GI cancer, and we also develop our own trials based on the research of our physician-scientists.

If you have questions, be sure to talk with your physician or another member of your clinical care team.