Information on the treatment of cancers of the gastrointestinal tract, including cancers of the pancreas, liver, stomach, bile duct, gall bladder, colon and esophagus.
Research and Technology
Our team of gastrointestinal (GI) specialists are experts in difficult-to-treat GI cancers. Our Digestive Disease Research Center is one of only 16 such centers in the nation funded by the National Institutes of Health. As a Center of Excellence, we bring vital research from the laboratory to the bedside.
At UVA, we’ve developed new techniques and equipment in the highly specialized field of interventional endoscopy. During these procedures, long fiber-optic tubes are inserted through the mouth into the GI tract. The tube allows doctors to insert stents into the GI tract. UVA patients were among the first in the nation to receive the next generation of stents for treating obstructive jaundice – a major complication of pancreatic cancer.
Find out more about our Digestive Health Center.
Liver Cancer Surgery
At UVA, we're performing liver resection surgery on patients with liver cancer, such as hepatocellular cancer. It's also done in those with colon cancer that's spread to the liver and patients with liver cysts, adenomas or hemangiomas. Find out more about this treatment option.
We also have a colorectal cancer awareness program that aims to prevent and reduce the risk of colon and rectal cancers through screenings and awareness.