GASTROINTESTINAL CANCER program
Hollings Cancer Center’s sophisticated diagnostics and advanced treatments include:
- Tomotherapy – Highly-accurate radiation therapy that allows the radiation oncologist to image and treat a patient in the same setting, minimizing toxicity.
- CT Colography – A screening alternative to the traditional colonoscopy, the procedure uses a reconstructed CT scan to view the colon.
- Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) – Used to stage gastrointestinal, lung and esophageal cancers. Hollings Cancer Center has one of the world’s most renowned EUS facilities.
- Narrow Band Imaging – One of the latest screening techniques uses special light waves to target abnormal areas for biopsy, increasing the accuracy of the biopsy.
- Y-90 Microspheres – Hollings Cancer Center is one of only three South Carolina facilities that arterially infuse liver tumors with the radioactive element yttrium-90. We have more experience with this technique than any other program in the state. This treatment offers an outpatient treatment alternative to patients who may have few other available options.
- Endoscopic Mucosal Resection – A minimally invasive technique for removing superficial tumors with the use of an endoscope.
- Laparoscopic Surgery – Hollings Cancer Center surgical oncologists now use a laparoscope positioned lower in the pelvic area to avoid the colostomies of the past.
- Pancreas Chemotherapy Protocol – This leading-edge treatment developed here at Hollings Cancer Center has a 36% success rate in making non-operable pancreatic tumors operable.