OSF Saint Francis Medical Center

Peoria, Illinois

Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer

Gastrointestinal cancer refers to malignant conditions that include:

  • Anal Cancer
  • Colon Cancer
  • Gallbladder Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Liver Cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Small and Large Intestine Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer  

A center of excellence in rectal cancer care

OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center is recognized for its excellence by the  National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC)  . OSF Saint Francis is a high volume center, which NAPRC has determined to be a key component in high quality treatment of rectal cancers. Among multiple surgical options, including laparoscopic and robotic, we have been performing transanal endoscopic microsurgery longer than any downstate Illinois hospital. Our multi-disciplinary team streamlines the process by collaborating to schedule all tests in a single day. This reduces the average time from diagnosis to surgical consult, and also from diagnosis to treatment, by more than two weeks, saving valuable time and reducing patient anxiety.

The symptoms relate to the organ affected and can include obstruction (leading to difficulty swallowing or defecating), abnormal bleeding or other associated problems. The diagnosis often requires endoscopy followed by biopsy of suspicious tissue.

Cancer_GI_Brochure_20140115-46.jpg If cancer is detected, our doctors determine the best treatment approach for each patient by taking into account the type, location, and stage of the disease as well as the patient's age and physical health. Treatment for patients with gastrointestinal cancer may include surgery, interventional endoscopy, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, targeted therapies, or a combination of these. 

Overall, the GI tract and the accessory organs of digestion (pancreas, liver, gallbladder) are responsible for more cancers and more deaths from cancer than any other system in the body.