Gastrointestinal Cancers

Gastrointestinal cancers are cells that grow out of control anywhere along the digestive tract, from the esophagus to the bowel. The most common gastrointestinal cancer is colon cancer, but gastrointestinal cancers also can include cancer of the liver, pancreas, stomach, esophagus, gallbladder, and appendix.
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Our Approach

Our M Health Fairview care team treats all forms of gastrointestinal (GI) cancers. We provide a wide range of options for the diagnosis and treatment of GI cancers, including laparoscopic, robotic, and reconstruction surgery, as well as radiation and chemotherapy for patients with a range of medical needs.

Patients—who may have thought their treatment options were exhausted—may have access to new, experimental treatments through clinical trials we offer. We are continuing our research into more targeted treatments, one of which was developed here at Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, to treat pancreatic cancer called Minnelide®. We also have a highly skilled team focused on the treatment of the hepatobiliary system and pancreas, which includes primary and metastatic cancers of the liver, gallbladder, bile duct, and pancreas. M Health Cancer Care patients receive coordinated and comprehensive care from a care team made up of surgical oncologists, radiologists, hematologists/oncologists, gastroenterologist, radiation oncologists, and others.

Treatments, Tests, and Procedures


Chemotherapy is a treatment option for adults or children with cancer using drugs that kill cancer cells. Often simply called “chemo,” chemotherapy is a combination of medications designed to destroy cancer cells, cause remission of your cancer or actually cure the cancer.
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TomoTherapy is a specialized form of radiation delivery that combines radiation therapy with 3D imaging to create more precise targeting of tumors. It works by delivering radiation beams from multiple directions allowing the radiation to match the exact shape of the tumor.
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Genomic Profiling

During the course of your cancer diagnosis and treatment, your physician may order next-generation DNA sequencing. No two cancers are the same. Next-generation DNA sequencing is a test your physician may use to better understand the unique molecular composition of your cancer.
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Immunotherapy is an emerging form of cancer treatment with great promise and limited toxicity. Its goal is to harness the power of the patient’s immune system and use it to fight cancer. Sometimes called biological therapy, it's changing the way we think about cancer treatment.
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Social Work Services for Cancer Patients

M Health Fairview offers Social Work Services for Cancer Patients, and we're committed to providing you with personalized, breakthrough care.
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There may be other treatments, test, and procedures for this diagnosis, including:

  • Radiation Therapy