GI Cancer Program
At Western Connecticut Health Network, we understand how overwhelming it feels to face a diagnosis of gastrointestinal cancer. Our dedicated cancer specialists provide the expertise, guidance and personalized support you need.
Our physicians have trained at some of the country’s most prestigious medical programs. Their training, along with decades of clinical experience, brings expertise directly to you, right here in our community.
Our team of specialists treats all types of GI cancers including:
- Hepatic, pancreatic and biliary
- Upper GI: Esophagus, gastric and small intestinal cancer
- Neuroendocrine tumors such as carcinoid
- Pre-cancerous lesions
If you are at average risk for colorectal cancer, it’s recommended to have routine colonoscopies beginning at age 50. People at higher risk, including those with a family or personal history of colorectal cancer, may need to begin screening earlier and have colonoscopies more often.
Our cancer specialists have training and expertise in the use of advanced diagnostic techniques. We offer a variety of sophisticated gastrointestinal cancer diagnostic tests, such as:
- CT scan
- Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS)
- Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
- PET/CT scan
- Specific tumor markers
- Upper endoscopy
Our Western Connecticut Health Network physicians personalize your cancer treatment based on your specific diagnosis. Factors include the type and stage of your cancer, along with your own treatment goals and lifestyle.
Each patient diagnosed with GI cancer benefits from a review at our multidisciplinary (full team) case conferences (GI tumor board) to arrive at a personalized treatment plan.
A cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming for patients and their loved ones. Our support staff includes oncology trained social workers and therapists, nurse navigators, financial navigators, oncology nurses, oncology dietitians, radiation therapists and others. We offer many supportive services to help with the questions and concerns that may arise during treatment, and beyond, in your life as a survivor of cancer.