Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer
KNOW the only colorectal cancer center of excellence in New England!
At Norwalk Hospital, we’re proud to be the only center of excellence for colorectal cancer care in New England. In fact, we are one of only five cancer centers in the nation to receive this designation. What does this mean for you, our patient? It means that you’ll receive the highest-quality cancer care and treatment available in a safe and comfortable environment, administered by some of the top physicians and specialty staff in the nation!
At Norwalk Hospital, we treat a variety of gastrointestinal (GI) cancers. The most common GI cancers include:
Norwalk Hospital Provides Comprehensive Gastrointestinal Cancer Care
Our coordinated care of patients with gastrointestinal (GI) cancers begins with our multidisciplinary tumor board, consisting of physicians from many specialties who care for patients with GI cancers:
- Gastroenterologists, who often diagnose a GI cancer by performing an upper endoscopy or colonoscopy. In addition, our gastroenterologists perform advanced endoscopic techniques such as endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), cryotherapy, and Third Eye Retroscope-enhanced colonoscopy.
- Surgeons, who are experts in cancer surgery that now includes minimally invasive laparoscopic techniques and robotic surgery. Compared to traditional surgery, the benefits of robotic surgery include dramatically smaller scars, less pain, a shorter hospital stay and a faster recovery. Colorectal surgery is led by our highly regarded expert Dr. James McClane. We welcome Dr. Joongho Shin, a board-certified colorectal surgeon to our program, and board-certified surgeon Dr. Daniel Kleiner performs minimally invasive surgery for cancers of the liver, pancreas and upper GI tract.
- Medical oncologists, who prescribe chemotherapy or targeted anti-cancer therapies that represent the latest standard of care, or recommend enrollment in one of our many clinical trials testing new, promising therapies for GI cancers.
- Radiation oncologists, who often coordinate radiation therapy on one of our linear accelerators (a machine that uses high-energy X-rays to destroy tumors) with the medical and surgical treatments prescribed by our oncologists. Stereotactic body radiotherapy is also utilized against GI cancers that may have spread to organs such as the liver.