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Gastrointestinal Cancers

Hedy Kindler, MD Hedy Kindler, MD, is medical director of the Center for Gastrointestinal Oncology.

Doctors at the University of Chicago Medicine Center for Gastrointestinal Oncology are experts in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of a wide variety of cancers of the digestive system. Not only do we see patients with diseases considered more common, such as colon and rectal cancers, but we also regularly treat less frequently occurring cancers, such as pancreas, liver, gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) and stomach cancers.

Through innovative surgical techniques and the latest medicines, our doctors can offer patients the highest chances of success against their disease. Just a few examples of what we offer include:

  • Minimally invasive esophagectomy, gastrectomy, pancreatectomy, hepatic resection and colorectal resection
  • Diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy for pancreatic, hepatobiliary and esophageal cancers
  • HIPEC, or hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemoperfusion, which is a technique that uses surgery and heated chemotherapy delivered directly to the abdominal cavity to treat abdominal cancers
  • Laser confocal microscopy, using advanced technology that allows physicians to view live images of internal human tissues at the cellular level so they can identify and remove cancerous tissue sooner
  • Gene therapy for upper GI cancers
  • Combined chemoradiation therapies
  • Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), which targets tumors better than conventional radiation
  • Organ preservation for patients with rectal cancer. In many cases, patients do not need a permanent colostomy

Most gastrointestinal cancers are best treated with a combination of therapies. Patients who come to the University of Chicago Center for Gastrointestinal Oncology benefit from the expertise of many specialists through our multidisciplinary review program. Here, surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, and other specialists work together to identify the optimal treatment strategy for each patient with gastrointestinal cancer.

Year after year, our specialists are recognized by U.S.News & World Report for excellence in the treatment of digestive diseases and cancer.

HIPEC for gastrointestinal cancers