Quality of Care

Why We Are Different

Our GI Cancer team is a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to assessing, planning, managing, monitoring, coordinating and evaluating the delivery of cancer care services for our community. We offer state-of-the-art technology, support services, and physician expertise. We strive to decrease the rate of advanced stage colon cancer, increase community awareness of our multidisciplinary GI program and increase clinical trials available for our patients.

We have participating physicians from primary care, gastroenterology, general surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology and pathology. The team is led by Dr. A Mohn and also includes support staff and dedicated clinical trials and program coordinators. Our team adheres to National Cancer Care Network (NCCN) and joint American Cancer Society (ACS), American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) and Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) guidelines for work-up and treatment to ensure our patients receive the best possible care.

 

Our Radiology Services

The diagnostic imaging department is staffed by board-certified radiologists and accredited technologists, 24 hours a day and provides a comprehensive range of diagnostic radiology services, quickly and safely. Services range from use of x-rays, radio waves, or sound waves to non-invasively create images of the inside of the body. Many of them also use a contract agent that makes certain tissue more visible in the images. A radiologist then examines the images for abnormalities – or lack of them. Common medical imaging exams that are available include:
  • CT scans
  • MRI’s
  • ultrasound
  • x-rays
  • Diagnostic imaging includes nuclear medicine. Nuclear medicine may diagnose illness by studying the function of the body rather than the structure.
  • PET/CT scans are an integral part of a lung cancer diagnosis and management.  Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Computerized Tomography (CT) are both standing imaging tool that allow physicians to pinpoint the location of cancer within the body before making treatment recommendations. A PET/CT scan combines both of the above, making images even clearer.
  • CT Colonography (virtual colonoscopy) is a imaging procedure with uses x-rays and computers to produce a two and three-dimensional images of the colon. This procedure is used to diagnose colon and bowel disease, including polyps, diverticulosis and cancer.

Gastro Intestinal (GI) Lab

The G.I. Lab performs a vital function in the early detection and identification of diseases and abnormalities of the gastro intestinal (GI) tract, which includes the esophagus, biliary system, stomach and the small and large intestines. Our GI Lab offers the latest in state-of-the-art medical equipment and technology. The physicians who utilize the Lab are gastroenterologists and surgeons who have been specially trained. Our highly skilled staff is committed to providing the best care available in the region. We are the first and only hospital in the region to use capsule endoscopy, an innovative non-invasive procedure to diagnose GI disorders of the small intestine. With a miniature camera on one end, the PillCamTM

Multidisiplinary Care and Tumor Board

The GI Cancer Program participates in a weekly Pre-treatment and Tumor Board. They are designed to ensure that each patient diagnosed with GI cancer receives a multidisciplinary approach in their care. Physicians from different specialties provide their opinions on how to best manage and treat the patient.

Patient Care Coordinator Program

In addition to highly quality medical care, each patient is supported throughout this experience by our patient care coordinator. Our patient care coordinator will act as a liaison between our GI cancer program physicians, primary care physicians and patients.

Treatment

Colorectal cancer treatment depends on the size and location of the tumor, whether the cancer has spread, and the person’s overall health condition. We can off you access to surgery, clinical trials, and cutting edge anti-cancer drugs that earned our Cancer Program the maximum accreditation from the American College of Surgeons, Commission on Cancer.
 
We offer a variety of surgical services to treat and manage colorectal cancer. We have board certified physicians in Colorectal Surgery, General Surgery, Internal Medicine and Critical Care Medicine that are available to take care of your surgical and hospital needs.
 
We offer access to clinical trials. Our medical oncologists and their staff will work to find you to the most effective drugs to fight colorectal cancer. In addition, your comfort is also our top priority and we will partner with you to ensure your chemotherapy side effects are controlled.
 
The Radiation Oncology department offers the most advanced technologies in treating many GI cancers. The Trilogy with RapidArc and TomoTherapy provides ultra-precision radiation with greater speed and accuracy, making it possible to safely deliver maximum therapy while not damaging surrounding tissues, resulting in fewer side effects.

Support Services

We offer a wide variety of support services for all our patients. Please click on the Education and Support tab to learn more about how we can help you.
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