Lynn Cancer Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital has a gastrointestinal
cancer team that understands the importance of complete, well-rounded
treatment. Our approach involves experts from various specialties to make
sure we treat every aspect of your disease.
Gastrointestinal cancers (GI cancers) affect tissues and organs in the
digestive system, including the colon, rectum, pancreas, esophagus and stomach.
At Lynn Cancer Institute, you’ll have an entire team on your side
throughout your treatment journey. We work together and communicate frequently
on your treatment plan to make sure we’re meeting your needs and
providing the best possible outcome.
What types of gastrointestinal cancers are treated at Lynn Cancer Institute?
Lynn Cancer Institute treats a full range of GI cancers, including:
- Colorectal cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Liver cancer
- Bile duct cancer
- Anal cancer
- Stomach cancer
- Esophageal cancer
Colorectal cancer is one of the most common GI cancers we treat at Lynn
Cancer Institute. Because rectal cancer requires specialized expertise
from multiple disciplines and we’ve brought together the region’s
top experts in rectal cancer to provide highly specialized and effective
How do Lynn Cancer Institute experts diagnose gastrointestinal cancers?
If your doctor has diagnosed you with GI cancer, or suspects you have GI
cancer, our team will ask you to undergo some additional tests. These
tests will help us pinpoint your exact diagnosis and come up with the
right treatment plan for you.
Depending on your symptoms and diagnosis, we may have you undergo imaging
tests. Lynn Cancer Institute has access to a full spectrum of imaging
- CT scans
- PET scans
- Ultrasounds (including endoscopic ultrasounds)
Our rectal cancer team also includes radiologists who are specially trained
in MRIs used to diagnose rectal cancers.
In some cases, we may need to take a sample of tissue (biopsy) from the
tumor or surrounding area. Our team includes interventional gastroenterologists
who specialize in taking these biopsies during endoscopic ultrasounds.
Our team may also use the biopsy for molecular testing on your tumor. This
allows us to find a treatment that’s personalized to your specific
At Lynn Cancer Institute, all of our diagnostic tests are available under
one roof. This helps reduce your travel time and allows us to come up
with an accurate diagnosis as quickly as possible.
How does Lynn Cancer Institute treat gastrointestinal cancers?
At Lynn Cancer Institute, we have access to a full spectrum of treatment
options for GI cancers. This means we can customize an approach to fit
your unique needs.
Every GI cancer patient has the opportunity to have an evaluation at our
multimodality clinic. During this clinic, you will meet with all the experts
on our team at the same visit. We’ll talk through your diagnosis,
discuss treatment options and additional testing (if needed), and spend
time answering your questions.
After this initial meeting, our team of specialists will collaborate on
your treatment plan. We’ll review all of your tests and imaging
while considering your personal preferences and overall health.
Your treatment plan will depend on your specific tumor type and diagnosis.
Treatment may include:
- Targeted therapy
- Radiation therapy
- CyberKnife™ radiosurgery
We also make sure support services are part of your treatment plan. These
services can include:
- Nutrition counseling
- Social work support or counseling
- Exercise and wellness classes, including yoga and Tai Chi
When you come to Lynn Cancer Institute for GI cancer treatment, you can expect:
- A complete treatment plan that considers all aspects of your health and wellbeing
- A team of experts who collaborate on your treatment and work together to
support you throughout the cancer journey
The latest diagnostic technology and treatment options available under one roof
Can you work with my home doctor on my treatment plan?
If you live in the Boca Raton area part-time, our team can work with your
home doctor throughout the treatment process. We communicate frequently
with doctors in different parts of the country to make sure our patients
have seamless care regardless of where they’re staying.
Are there clinical trials available for my cancer?
Our team is always looking for new treatment options through clinical trials.
However, your eligibility for a trial depends on your specific diagnosis.
If we think you would be a good fit for a clinical trial, we will work
with you on the enrollment and treatment process.
Meet the team
Our team includes medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, radiation
oncologists, radiologists, interventional radiologists and interventional
gastroenterologists who all specialize in GI cancers. We also work closely
with nutritionists, social workers, nurses and other support staff.
Gastrointestinal cancer clinical trials
Our team is actively involved in industry-sponsored research and clinical
trials for GI cancers. Recently, we’ve been involved with a trial
exploring a new combination therapy for pancreatic cancer that uses chemotherapy
with electric field therapy.
To learn more, talk to your doctor or view our list of active trials.