We offer a level of gastrointestinal (GI) cancer care that is on par with the nation’s best programs. Our expertise spans rare and common forms of the disease, allowing more people to receive care close to home.
GI cancer affects the organs of your digestive system, such as the stomach, liver, colon and rectum. At Mays Cancer Center, home to UT Health San Antonio Cancer Center, our doctors are helping more patients reclaim wellness with a personalized approach that includes advanced therapies. And because we treat a high volume of patients, many with complex cancers, you can rely on us for precise care that brings healing.
Expertise in rare cancers: Many of our doctors have extra training in GI cancer, enabling us to treat rare conditions. We regularly diagnose and treat problems such as anal, neuroendocrine and bile duct cancer. As a result, you’ll find more care options and better chances for successful treatment. Find out more about the cancer types we treat.
Advanced therapies: We offer cutting-edge treatments, including minimally invasive and robotic surgery, that protect nearby healthy tissue. These techniques remove cancer through small incisions and with a high degree of precision. We also deliver lifesaving procedures such as transplants for liver cancer.
Genetic testing and counseling: Some GI cancers, including certain types of colorectal and pancreatic cancer, are passed down in families. Genetic testing and counseling enable us to deliver care and services that are most appropriate for your needs. For example, we may recommend chemotherapy drugs that are more effective in genetic cancers or screening tests to check for signs of other cancers. Learn more about our cancer genetics and high-risk screening clinic.
Specialized care for older adults: Many of our patients are over 65 years old. As people age, they may respond differently to cancer treatments or have other health challenges that complicate their recovery. We adjust care plans to prevent setbacks and coordinate additional support when necessary.
World-class GI cancer care in San Antonio
Our partnership with MD Anderson Cancer Center brings the highest levels of cancer expertise to San Antonio and 38 counties in South Texas. MD Anderson is one of the world’s most respected cancer programs.
Your doctors at Mays Cancer Center partner with MD Anderson experts to develop care plans for complex cancers. This level of coordination helps some people get second opinions from renowned gastrointestinal cancer specialists close to home.
Our highly skilled GI cancer team coordinates nearly every patient’s treatment to tailor therapies to your needs. For some cancers, including pancreatic, liver and stomach, you may see several specialists in a single clinic visit.
Our gastrointestinal cancer team includes:
Gastroenterologists evaluate suspicious growths and treat complications without surgery, using instruments we pass through your throat or rectum.
Interventional radiologists use imaging technology to help diagnose cancer and perform nonsurgical treatments, such as ablation and endoscopic mucosal resection. These therapies safely remove early-stage cancers that have not grown past the surface layer of tissue.
Medical oncologists deliver cancer-fighting drugs (chemotherapy), targeted therapy or immunotherapy. With our years of experience, you can be confident you’ll receive the drugs that are most appropriate for your diagnosis.
Dietitians provide personalized recommendations if you are having difficulty eating. We may suggest special foods or liquid nutrition to help you get the nutrients you need and avoid complications.
Pathologists, doctors who specialize in diagnosing medical problems, confirm or rule out a GI cancer diagnosis. These specialists also determine the cancer type by examining tissue under a microscope.
Radiation oncologists use the latest techniques to destroy cancer with radiation. You have access to technologies that deliver focused treatments and protect healthy tissue, so you experience fewer side effects.
Surgeons remove cancer using the latest available techniques. Our team includes surgeons who specialize in procedures to treat liver, pancreatic and colon cancer.
Research and clinical trials for gastrointestinal cancer
Our research efforts give you access through clinical trials to new cancer drugs and innovative care methods, such as targeted therapy. Targeted therapy attacks only cancer cells while preserving healthy ones.
We are the only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer center in Central and South Texas. This recognition means you can trust our commitment to a safe clinical trial experience.
Our team includes GI cancer clinical trial coordinators. These experts explain the clinical trials you are eligible for and how they can help you get better.