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.

Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute

The Center for Diseases of the Liver & Pancreas works within the Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Swedish Medical Center. As part of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare, our program provides convenient access to leading-edge cancer therapies and clinical trials. Through our Sarah Cannon oncology programs, we offer patients personal, individualized care with a trusted network of specialists who address every aspect of cancer care.

Accredited cancer programs you can trust

Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Swedish Medical Center offers participation in leading-edge clinical trials and boast competitive patient outcomes. We have earned accreditation from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and The Joint Commission. The ACS has also recognized our oncology department as a Commission on Cancer approved program for the many types of cancer we treat and the number of specialists on staff to best diagnose and treat these cancers.

askSARAH helpline

Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Swedish Medical Center is pleased to offer access to askSARAH, a dedicated helpline designed to help answer your cancer-related questions. Whether you have been recently diagnosed with cancer or have questions with screenings, signs or symptoms, a specially trained askSARAH nurse can help. Committed to ensuring you have the right resources close to home, our nurses are available 24/7 and all calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (303) 253-3225 or connect directly to a nurse who can help you today.

Phase 1 Sarah Cannon Clinic

A strong relationship with the Phase 1 Sarah Cannon Clinic means oncology patients at Swedish Medical Center have access to novel therapies through one of the largest early phase clinical trial programs in the world. The Phase 1 Sarah Cannon Clinic brings together the most innovative medical minds and resources to advance science and deliver personalized, compassionate care.

The Phase 1 Sarah Cannon Clinic is a global leader in cancer research with more than:

  • 200 unique agents in trial each year
  • 220 first-in-man trials conducted
  • Two-thirds of approved cancer therapies featuring Sarah Cannon as a clinical trial leader over the last 10 years

Together, our cancer network is providing physician-led and patient-centric care close to home for hundreds of thousands of patients—a number unmatched by any single cancer center.