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Sanford Cancer Center – Gastroinestinal Cancer

The Sanford Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer Team in Sioux Falls cares for patients with cancers of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, rectum, anus, liver, gallbladder, pancreas and bile ducts.

Our patients benefit from care delivered by a multidisciplinary team. Specialists participating in your diagnosis and care may include: GI surgeons, endoscopists, gastroenterologists, hepatobiliary surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, nurse navigators as well as many others on the cancer care team.

During the initial diagnosis period, our group of specialized physicians will use a variety of procedures, laboratory tests and imaging studies to provide the most complete information possible about your disease. Additionally, your case may be reviewed at one of our weekly multidisciplinary tumor boards, where physicians from a variety of disciplines come together to review and discuss complex GI cancer cases and provide an expert opinion on clinical trials and treatment options for best possible outcomes.

Surgery is often the initial treatment of choice for GI cancers but chemotherapy and radiation therapy can also be useful in treating these cancers and your multidisciplinary team will determine how to best integrate all these tools in a personalized way in an effort to obtain the best outcomes.

Once treatment options are identified, a medical oncologist will meet with you to review your individualized needs and provide guidance to you in selecting a treatment plan that is best for you. A nurse navigator may also be assigned to you to assist in navigating appointments and coordinating services throughout your time with Sanford Cancer Center.