Cancer Care

Gastrointestinal Surgical Oncology

Cancer Care

Gastrointestinal Surgical Oncology

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Gastrointestinal Oncology Treatments and Technologies

Advanced Expertise in Cancer Treatment

At OhioHealth, we provide the most advanced, state-of-the-art procedures and treatment plans for gastrointestinal cancer. Patients have access to the expertise of a multidisciplinary team of specialists who work together to find the right care for every individual patient.

Diagnostics and Procedures

Our GI cancer specialists help diagnose and stage disease, relieve its symptoms and minimize its long-term effects. Certain diagnostic tests and treatments are provided in physician offices, allowing for quick resolution or diagnosis of some problems.

Our procedures include but are not limited to:

  • Robotic surgery and other minimally invasive procedures
  • Surgical oncology techniques, including the Whipple procedure for removal of the gallbladder, common bile duct, a portion of the duodenum and the head of the pancreas
  • Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC)

We perform the most HIPEC procedures in central Ohio. 

We offer hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC), also referred to as Hot Chemo Bath, to treat abdominal cancer.

Most chemotherapy is done intravenously; however this procedure, to treat cancer in the abdomen, puts heated chemotherapy directly into the abdominal cavity, after the surgeon has removed the cancer. The chemotherapy is heated to 103 degrees Fahrenheit (42 degrees Celsius).

  • HIPEC “washes” the cavity with heated chemotherapy to help kill tumor cells.
  • The procedure improves drug absorption and effect with minimal exposure to the rest of the body.

Patient benefits include the following:

  • HIPEC is a single chemotherapy treatment done in the operating room versus typical intravenous chemotherapy that requires multiple treatments.
  • 90% of the chemotherapy drug stays within the abdominal cavity, making it less toxic for the patient.
  • HIPEC allows a more intense dose of chemotherapy to be delivered.

Collaborative and Comprehensive Care

Our surgical oncologists work in close collaboration with OhioHealth medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, interventional radiologists and your local care team to determine the most effective treatment plan and closely monitor patient care. Our goal is to keep care close to home whenever possible.

Medical Oncology

Chemotherapy and targeted therapies are highly individualized. We offer targeted therapies at our infusion centers, along with other key drug treatments for GI cancers. These therapies block the growth and spread of cancer by interfering with specific molecules. Because not all tumors have the same molecules, targeted therapy does not work for every person.

Our outpatient infusion centers offer a comfortable, convenient setting for treatment close to home. Patients may even be able to use the time to meet with their patient navigator or, in some locations, receive massage therapy, art therapy and other services.

Radiation Oncology

Radiation therapy is unique to each individual and directed by the radiation oncologist. All OhioHealth radiation therapy locations have real-time access to your patient’s care plan so that appointments can be scheduled at whichever location is most convenient.

Interventional Radiology

OhioHealth interventional radiologists are specially trained in image-guided therapies for difficult-to-treat tumors. Often referred to as interventional oncology, this treatment is one of the newest and most aggressive options in cancer treatment today. It targets and treats cancers that cannot be treated surgically, using heating, cooling or microwave energy to kill tumor cells. Patients benefit from low-risk complications and, in some cases, return home the same day.

Our expert gastrointestinal surgical oncologists work closely with our interventional radiologists to plan the best approach to your individual treatment.

Interventional radiology services include:

  • Biopsies
  • Celiac plexus nerve blocks
  • Chemoembolization
  • Drainage/Drainage catheter
      • Paracentesis
      • Thoracentesis
  • PleurX catheter/abdominal port
      • PleurX catheter placement 
      • Abdominal (Peritoneal) port placement
  • Portal vein embolization
  • Thermal ablation treatments
      • Radiofrequency ablation (RFA)
      • Cryoablation
      • Microwave tumor ablation
  • Yttrium – 90