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Gastrointestinal Cancer

Gastrointestinal Cancer

Committed to ensuring you receive the best possible care for your gastrointestinal cancer, the specialists at Ackerman Cancer Center work with you to develop a customized treatment plan for your gastrointestinal cancer. You will work closely with an oncology wellness specialist to manage the nutritional challenges of this diagnosis.

Gastrointestinal Cancer Treatment

To find out more about treating your gastrointestinal cancer, call us at 904-880-5522.

Visit our wellness calendar to find out about upcoming support programs at Ackerman Cancer Center.


Treatment is based on the location, stage, and severity of the cancer. Surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy are all options that may be used, often in combination.

A variety of radiation therapy techniques are used in the treatment of gastrointestinal cancers, such as:

  • Proton Therapy

    Proton therapy is one of the most precise, advanced radiation treatment modalities available today. In traditional photon radiation, the X-ray beams travel through the tumor, destroying both cancerous and healthy tissue along the way. Proton therapy provides a more efficient solution by utilizing charged particles (protons) to penetrate the tissue and deposit nearly all of their energy directly at the tumor site, thereby reducing damage to surrounding areas.

    Ackerman Cancer Center is proud to be the world’s first private practice offering its own proton beam technology. Though proton therapy is not right for every patient, the radiation oncologists at Ackerman Cancer Center will consider all options when developing your personalized treatment plan.

    Learn more about proton therapy

  • Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)

    IMRT uses beams of radiation from multiple angles, and of varying intensities, to conform to the shape of the tumor. IGRT utilizes 3-D images to monitor the tumor’s exact location during treatment. These technologies work together to reduce exposure to healthy tissues and minimize side effects of treatment.

These technologies work together to reduce exposure to healthy tissues and minimize side effects of treatment.

Patients can be confident Ackerman Cancer Center is home to some of the most advanced technology available.

In some patients with gastrointestinal cancer, a combination of chemotherapy and radiation therapy may be used in place of surgery to prevent the need for a permanent colostomy.

For more than 25 years, Ackerman Cancer Center has had the privilege of caring for patients during one of the most difficult times in their lives. In return for this trust, patients at the Center are guaranteed personalized care from some of the most respected, most highly-qualified radiation oncologists in the state.

What to Expect

Being diagnosed with cancer raises many questions. Learn what to expect during cancer treatment here.

For more information about the Ackerman Cancer Center and its available treatment options, please call 904-880-5522.