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Interventional Endoscopy Patient Stories

Gastrointestinal Cancers

Tom Flint

Man Avoids Losing Esophagus to Cancer
When Tom Flint's Barrett's esophagus condition deteriorated into cancer, doctors at another hospital told him he had only one option--removal of the esophagus. Before considering such life-altering surgery, Tom turned to University of Chicago experts who used advanced minimally invasive techniques to treat the cancer and spare his esophagus.

Ron Schwarz

Endoscopic Surveillance Leads to Early Detection of Two Cancers
In 2008, while monitoring Ron Schwarz’s for signs of esophageal cancer, interventional gastroenterologist Irving Waxman, MD, identified pancreatic cancer at a readily treatable stage. Four years later, Waxman found superficial squamous cell carcinoma in Schwarz’s esophagus. The 77-year-old Huntley, Ill., man was treated for both cancers and is back to enjoying his retirement.


Ellen and Joseph Mangano

Minimally Invasive Technique Leads to a Dramatic Result for Pancreatic Patient
Joseph Mangano experienced painful bouts of pancreatitis and had trouble finding a physician who could fix his blocked pancreatic duct. He turned to Dr. Waxman who performed an advanced non-surgical treatment known as endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) guided transluminal therapy to fix the blockage. Nearly six months after the procedure, Joseph's quality of life has improved dramatically.

Enjoying a Summers Day
For Andy Summers, what started as a simple gallstone attack progressed to a cascade of life-threatening problems, including an inflamed pancreas and necrotic gallbladder. Today, the 32-year-old construction worker is doing well -- thanks to a team of medical experts led by Uzma Siddiqui, MD.

Benign Tumors and Polyps

Laura Moreno

Endoscopic Treatment of Rectal Tumor Eliminates Need for Major Surgery
At age 82, Laura Moreno enjoys spending time with her family and weekly bingo outings. So when she was diagnosed with a low-lying mass in her rectum in 2013, Moreno and her family looked for the most advanced treatment they could find. They turned to Irving Waxman, MD, who performed an advanced endoscopic procedure that completely removed the tumor without the potentially dangerous complications of surgery. » En Español (PDF).

Ron McCormick

A Timely Decision: Routine Colonoscopy Keeps Cancer at Bay
Ron McCormick’s physician advised him to get a routine colonoscopy around the time he turned 50. So McCormick, who is known for being punctual, scheduled the procedure for two days before his birthday. When the colonoscopy revealed numerous benign polyps — including several that were large and hard to reach — he turned to the experts at the University of Chicago Medicine.

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