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Gastrointestinal cancers multidisciplinary team

The Gastrointestinal Tumor Center team at VCU Massey Cancer Center consists of national leaders in cancer care and research from multiple disciplines who work together to provide the highest-quality diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal cancers. By pooling their expertise, our Gastrointestinal Tumor Center doctors are able to make the best decisions and give you the most comprehensive advice and information.   

How a team approach benefits you
Convenient location and access
We want to answer your questions

How a team approach benefits you

At the Gastrointestinal Tumor Center, you will find all the specialists you need in one convenient location. They work closely together, using the very latest methods for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal tumors.

Services include:

  • Multi-specialty consultation in one place at one time 
  • Rapid diagnosis and evaluation for early detection of cancers 
  • New forms of surgical treatment that preserve the function of the bowel 
  • State-of-the-art treatment options in radiotherapy and chemotherapy 
  • Opportunity to enroll in clinical trials of new and promising forms of treatment 
  • Advanced noninvasive tumor staging to design the most appropriate treatments 
  • Evaluation for tumor recurrences and the need for continued therapy
  • Risk evaluation

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Convenient location and access

The Gastrointestinal Tumor Center is located at Massey’s flagship location on the MCV Campus just off Exit 74C of I-95 in downtown Richmond. Free valet parking is available for your convenience.  If there is anything we can do to make visiting the Center easier for you, please do not hesitate to ask.

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We want to answer your questions

The Gastrointestinal Tumor Center team believes in patient involvement. We encourage you to ask any and all questions you may have. Here are some of the questions we hear most frequently:

What is different about the Gastrointestinal Tumor Center and why should I go there?
The GI Tumor Center is the only comprehensive diagnostic and treatment center for gastrointestinal cancers in the Richmond area. It is staffed by leading specialists who also conduct research that leads to improved treatments for gastrointestinal cancers. Many of these treatments are only available at major academic medical centers like the VCU Medical Center. You will find it convenient to be evaluated by a group of closely collaborating specialists in one place at one time rather than having to go to a number of specialists at different locations. By pooling their experience and working together, the GI Tumor Center doctors can make the best decisions regarding diagnosis and treatment and give you the most comprehensive advice and information.

Who should come to the Gastrointestinal Tumor Center?
Patients with a suspected or diagnosed gastrointestinal cancer may come for evaluation and treatment. Many patients come to the Center for a second opinion. Since specialists at the Center are on the leading edge in diagnosis and treatment, you will know that you have explored the best available options wherever you may decide to go for treatment.

How will the Gastrointestinal Tumor Center help me?
Doctors and nurses will examine you for possible disease using the latest diagnostic techniques.

How soon will I know the results of these tests?
In some cases, recommendations can be made during your first visit. If additional diagnostic testing is necessary, the physician or nurse will call you as soon as all of the results are available and will explain their meaning to you.

Which specialists will I see?
Depending on your condition, you are likely to see a medical oncologist, a surgical oncologist and a radiation oncologist who will all evaluate you from their perspective for the best possible treatment.

Will I be able to decide which treatment I will have if there are different options?
Absolutely. If a treatment plan is necessary, all steps and options will be clearly explained to you. The doctors and nurses at the Center will make sure you have all the information you need and help you make an informed decision.

How can I get more information?
For additional information, to schedule an appointment or if you have questions or would like to discuss your situation with the patient coordinator, we encourage you to call the center at (804) 828-5116.

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