Gastrointestinal cancer treatment in Nashville, Tennessee
TriStar Health's team of gastrointestinal (GI) tumor specialists provide comprehensive, individualized care in Middle Tennessee. GI cancers affect the gastrointestinal tract and other organs within the digestive system. With some of the best oncologists in the region, our family of hospitals is the ideal healthcare network for GI tumor treatment and removal.
For more information about our GI cancer program, please call askSARAH at (615) 514-2401.
Types of GI cancer we treat
We provide care for a full range of gastrointestinal cancers, such as:
- Anal cancer
- Colon and rectal (colorectal) cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Gallbladder and biliary tract cancer
- GI stromal tumors (GIST tumors)
- Liver cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Stomach cancer
- Small intestine cancer
GI cancer diagnosis
Gastrointestinal cancers are usually slow growing and hard to find. Most patients with GI cancer do not have symptoms in the early stages. However, you should keep your eye out for symptoms such as:
- Poor appetite
- Losing weight without trying
- A sense of fullness just below your chest after eating
- Abdominal pain
- Heartburn or indigestion
- Swelling or fluid build-up in the abdomen
- Vomiting, with or without blood
It is possible these symptoms are indicative of something else, so it is important to discuss them with your doctor and have a medical examination to rule out cancer or another condition. Your doctor may use various imaging tests and diagnostic procedures to provide an accurate diagnosis:
- Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)
- Upper endoscopy
- Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography
- Upper GI series
- Computed tomography (CT) scan
- Digital rectal scan
- Blood test
GI cancer treatments
Our surgical oncologists have specialized knowledge of rare, unusual and complex cancer types and treat a high volume of patients with these diseases. They also have the ability to more precisely treat the tumor and lessen side effects of treatment. They can do this by using intensity-modulated radiation therapy and the only robotic radiosurgery system in the Greater Nashville area.
Additionally, interventional radiologists specialize in cutting-edge radioembolization treatments (selective internal radiation therapy), chemoembolization and radiofrequency ablation.
Supporting you throughout your cancer journey
The GI team is your cancer support partner through each stage of your journey, from diagnosis through recovery. Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute offers a dedicated GI health navigator to help you overcome challenges and coordinate care with your entire healthcare team.
About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute
As part of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare, our family of hospitals provides comprehensive cancer services with convenient access to cutting-edge therapies for people facing cancer in our communities. From diagnosis to treatment and survivorship care, our oncology expertise ensures you have access to locally trusted care with the support of a globally recognized network.
Have cancer questions? We can help. askSARAH is a dedicated helpline for your cancer-related questions. Our specially trained nurses are available 24/7, and all calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (615) 514-2401 or chat online at askSARAHnow.