The Management of Gastrointestinal Tract Malignancies

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Nicholas La Gamma, MD; Govind Nandakumar, MD

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Hospital Practice:

Volume 41 No. 2


Clinical Features

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DOI: 10.3810/hp.2013.04.1021
Abstract: Surgery is the mainstay of treatment for many patients with malignancies of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The coordination of patient care and timing of surgical intervention require a multidisciplinary approach. It is not unusual for GI malignancies to be discovered in a hospital setting; patients with these malignancies are frequently admitted and discharged from nonsurgical services. Therefore, it is imperative that all physicians involved in the care of patients with GI malignancies have knowledge regarding the workup and surgical treatment of GI tract lesions. This article is a brief overview of the workup and surgical management of malignancies of the GI tract.

Keywords: gastrointestinal stromal tumor; cancer; pancreatic; bile duct; cholangiocarcinoma; gallbladder; colon; rectum; anus