UAB Medicine

GI Cancer Overview

Gastrointestinal cancers include: esophagus cancer, stomach cancer, liver cancer, pancreas cancer, bile duct cancer, colon cancer, and rectum cancer, soft-tissue sarcoma and endocrine diseases (thyroid, parathyroid, pancreas, and adrenal). At UAB, patients with any of these cancers may be treated by oncology specialists (medical, surgical, radiation) within the UAB Multidisciplinary Gastrointestinal (GI) Oncology Clinic or by surgical specialists within the Gastrointestinal Surgery section of the Division of General Surgery.
Conditions Treated
Services Provided
  • Consultation for primary or second opinion
  • Lymphatic mapping and sentinel lymph node biopsy
  • Complex laparoscopic procedures for tumors and associated conditions of the adrenal glands, colon, small intestine, spleen
  • Hepatic tumor therapy, including intra-arterial infusion pump (HAIP), radiofrequency ablation (RFA), cryotherapy
  • Complex procedures for tumors and associated conditions of the upper aerodigestive tract
  • Thyroid cancer surgery and Iodine 131 therapy
  • Clinical research protocols for treatment and prevention, studies include unique UAB protocols, as well as multi-institutional programs through CALGB, ACSOG, RTOG, NSABP, and the NCI
  • Surgical services offered include, but are not limited to, the aforementioned diseases or disorders