The Gastroenterology Department at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Eastern Regional Medical Center (Eastern) has experience in diagnosing and treating the wide range of cancers impacting the digestive system. This team of gastroenterologists is dedicated to the whole-patient care model central to the CTCA® mission. They coordinate with other members of the patient’s care team to craft a personalized treatment plan designed to attack the cancer and improve the patient’s quality of life.
Dr. Raman Battish, Medical Director of Gastroenterology at Eastern, uses advanced technologies and minimally invasive procedures to examine the GI tract. He and his staff work with patients with cancer of the stomach, small intestine, esophagus, pancreas, liver or gallbladder. The gastroenterologists at Eastern, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, are also trained to treat metastatic lung and breast cancer patients whose disease has spread to the digestive system.
Gastroenterologists at Eastern work with patients throughout their cancer journey, from initial diagnosis and staging through treatment and side effect management. Individualized care begins with a full assessment of a patient’s symptoms. Gastroenterologists also review the patient’s health history and request medical records as needed. They will routinely prescribe a colonoscopy to biopsy tissue or cells, to study GI symptoms or to diagnose colorectal cancer. Endoscopic ultrasounds (EUS) can help gastroenterologists diagnose and stage pancreatic, esophageal, rectal, bile duct and gastric cancers. Once a diagnosis is determined, gastroenterologists partner with the patient’s medical, radiation and surgical oncologists to determine appropriate treatment options. Together, these clinicians consult with, educate and empower patients to make informed decisions about their treatment. With many years of experience and training, the gastroenterologists at the Philadelphia cancer center are well-versed in treatment-related side effects. They collaborate with integrative oncology clinicians to help patients reduce and manage side effects of cancers of the digestive system, including diarrhea, fatigue, constipation, nausea and pain.