Gastrointestinal cancer care in Denver

In concert with the Sarah Cannon Institute at Swedish Medical Center, The Center for Diseases of the Liver & Pancreas is one of the Rocky Mountain region’s best centers for gastroenterological cancer care, including for the treatment of stomach (gastric) cancer.

For more information about gastric cancer care at the Center for Diseases of the Liver & Pancreas at Swedish Medical Center, call (303) 788-3478.

Stomach cancer risk factors and symptoms

Common risk factors for stomach cancer include having certain preexisting conditions, such as helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection in the stomach, chronic gastritis (inflammation of the stomach), Epstein-Barr virus, pernicious anemia, familial syndromes (familial adenomatous polyposis), intestinal metaplasia (normal stomach lining replaces intestinal cells) or gastric polyps. Other risk factors include eating a high salt diet, eating foods that have not been stored or prepared properly, having a family history of stomach cancer and smoking cigarettes. Older men also tend to be at a higher risk for developing gastric cancer.

Our physicians are capable of examining patients who are displaying these risk factors to determine whether any symptoms of gastric cancer are present.

Some of the most common symptoms of gastric cancer are:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Indigestion and/or stomach discomfort
  • Bloated feeling after eating
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
  • Heartburn
  • Buildup of fluid in abdomen
  • Trouble swallowing

Early screening and diagnosis for stomach cancer

Our specialists utilize several different methods to determine a gastric cancer diagnosis, including minimally invasive exams and diagnostic imaging tests. These screening exams may include:

  • Biopsy
  • Blood tests
  • CT scan
  • Upper endoscopy
  • Medical history and physical exam
  • Barium swallow

Stomach cancer treatment

Our main goal when providing treatment is to produce the best possible outcome for our patients. With the many new, cutting-edge imaging technologies and cancer treatments, our specialists are able to help patients with gastroenterological cancers live longer and healthier.

Our oncologists in Denver are specialized in multiple surgical procedures, radiation oncology, chemotherapy and the treatment of complex tumors. Patients may undergo endoscopic resection, partial gastrectomy or total gastrectomy, and minimally invasive surgical options are offered for patients whenever possible. Additional gastric cancer treatments we specialize in include:

  • Drug therapies
  • Gastroenterology and hepatology treatments
  • Interventional radiology
  • Radioembolization and chemoembolization
  • Radiofrequency ablation

To learn more about gastric cancer treatment at Swedish Medical Center, call (303) 788-3478.

Our team of gastric cancer experts

There are many components when developing an individualized cancer treatment plan at Swedish. An entire team of experts from multiple medical backgrounds weigh in on each of our patients’ care plans. Each case is brought to an interdisciplinary case conference where medical specialists of different backgrounds provide perspective on treatment plans and progress. Our team of experts at the Center for Diseases of the Liver & Pancreas include specialists from many different medical backgrounds, including:

  • Gastroenterology: Board-certified gastroenterologists provide the latest endoscopic techniques.
  • Interventional radiology: Interventional radiologists utilize minimally invasive image guided technologies to treat obstructions or tumors.
  • Surgery: Fellowship-trained general surgeons, specialized in gastrointestinal surgery are capable of removing tumors of the stomach or other parts of the GI tract.
  • Medical oncology: Medical oncologists administer specialized chemo-therapeutic treatment plans.
  • Radiation oncology: Radiation oncologists deliver external and internal beam radiation therapy to referred patients, both inpatient and outpatient.

Patient navigation

Swedish Medical Center’s patient navigator program streamlines patient care and provides a single point of contact for patient and family needs. A cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming; our specially trained oncology nurse navigators can help you access medical, emotional and other support services during treatment and recovery. Our navigators craft medical survivorship plans for each patient, including resource information, such as remission instructions, stomach cancer warning symptoms, follow-up appointments, screening schedules and treatment dates for each patient’s journey through survivorship.

Cancer support at Swedish for patients and family

Any patient or loved one can call the Cancer Resource Center at (303) 788-2627 to speak with our nurses, dietitians and volunteers about information, assistance, resources and support services.

Free support group and educational classes that are held regularly, and patients are welcome to attend. At support group sessions, patients can also speak with our specially trained staff about scheduling a meeting with the appropriate Swedish health professionals.

About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute

Swedish Medical Center is part of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare. Our family of hospitals provides comprehensive cancer services with convenient access to cutting-edge therapies for people facing cancer in our communities. From diagnosis, to treatment and survivorship care, our oncology expertise ensures you have access to locally-trusted care with the support of a globally-recognized network.

askSARAH helpline

Have cancer questions? We can help. askSARAH is a dedicated helpline for your cancer-related questions. Our specially-trained nurses are available 24/7 and all calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (303) 253-3225 or chat online at