Gastrointestinal Cancers

Cancers of the Digestive System are Often Complex and Even Life-Threatening

Our team of specialists has advanced training and experience in treating gastrointestinal cancers, including:

They use some of the most novel therapies to treat gastrointestinal cancers, offering you the best chance for optimal outcomes and quality of life.

Advanced Surgical Approaches

Cancers of the gastrointestinal system often require complex surgeries that demand the skills and expertise of an experienced surgical team like that at Nebraska Medicine. Our surgeons offer unique and innovative surgeries to treat cancers affecting the liver, gallbladder, pancreas and small intestine including minimally invasive and robotic surgery and a unique treatment called intraperitoneal hyperthermic chemotherapy (HIPEC) or hot chemo. This approach is well-suited for treating cancer in the abdominal area since the organs and inner abdominal wall are at risk of cancer cells spreading from one area to another. In a small number of cases, patients may require a liver, intestine or small bowel transplant. Nebraska Medicine is home to one of the most active and prominent liver transplant and small bowel transplant centers in the world.

Research into Innovative Cancer Therapies

Personalized cancer therapies are play a growing role in cancer treatment and Nebraska Medicine researchers and clinicians are at the forefront of these advances bringing the latest clinical trials and breakthroughs to you.

This includes the development of new leading edge cancer treatments based on a person’s DNA as well as the use of immunotherapy—a personalized treatment approach that harnesses a patient’s own immune cells to recognize and attack the cancer. As a patient at Nebraska Medicine, you may have the opportunity to participate in clinical trials, giving you access to access to new treatment advances before they are available to the general public.

Supported by a Comprehensive Team of Specialists

Nebraska Medicines’ comprehensive network of more than 1,000 physicians includes doctors in 50 major specialties. This ensures you will receive the most competent care from experts in the field should your case require additional specialty care.

Addressing Your Personal Care Needs

Addressing a patient’s physical, educational, emotional and spiritual needs are important aspects of providing a more complete and holistic approach to care. A host of amenities and supportive services are available to help meet these needs. This includes personal care services such as wigs, wig fittings, prosthetic and bra fittings, yoga, massage therapy, skin care and make-up lessons specifically geared for people with or recovering from cancer are also provided in a private setting.

Cancer Support Services

Finding out that you have cancer can be a very emotional and difficult time. You will likely have many questions and issues to work through. We will be with you every step of the way. Nebraska Medicine offers a host of cancer support services to help you with your physical, emotional, educational and financial needs.

We're Here for you Long After Your Treatment

Our Survivorship Clinic is designed to help you deal with the emotional and physical challenges cancer can leave behind such as fear of recurrence, physical and medical long-term side effects and helping you return to a normal life again. It will also help you transition back into the care of your primary care physician.