Cancer Treatment Centers of America

CTCA GI Cancer Center in Atlanta

“Our experts have years of experience in providing compassionate care to gastrointestinal cancer patients. We work together, and with our patients, to develop a personalized treatment plan for each individual.”

Your treatment options

The clinicians at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) GI Cancer Center in Atlanta are committed to offering state-of-the-art treatments for patients with gastrointestinal cancer. Our multidisciplinary team of board-certified medical oncologists, surgical oncologistsradiation oncologists and supportive care clinicians work with our patients to deliver quality clinical care with a patient-centered approach. After your diagnosis, your GI Cancer Center care team will discuss your options with you and help you develop a personalized care plan tailored to your individual needs.

Our doctors are trained and experienced at treating the wide range of gastrointestinal diseases, including colorectal, bile duct, liver, anal, pancreatic and gastroesophageal cancers. Treatments for most gastrointestinal diseases include chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, targeted therapy or immunotherapy, either alone or in combination. Our center also has a robust treatment program for neuroendocrine tumors, led by the center’s board-certified director, Alexandria Phan, MD.

At the GI Cancer Center, our surgical oncologists have expertise in standard-of-care and advanced treatment procedures, including a surgical technique called irreversible electroporation, which is used to treat certain pancreatic cancers that can't be removed with surgery. Irreversible electroporation is designed to use electric pulses to destroy cancer cells without damaging healthy tissue. For patients with advanced colorectal, appendix or stomach cancer, surgery to reduce the size of a tumor may be recommended in combination with hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC), a highly concentrated, heated chemotherapy treatment delivered directly to the abdominal cavity during surgery. For patients with early-stage esophageal cancer or non-cancerous polyps in the intestines, our gastroenterologists combine state-of-the-art technologies with non-surgical techniques, such as endoscopic mucosal resection, to remove abnormal tissue. They also use a wide range of tools, such as endoscopic ultrasound with fine needle biopsy and radiofrequency ablation, to treat esophageal, pancreatic, bile duct and colorectal cancers.

Learn more about our neuroendocrine tumor program here. 

Our GI Cancer Center doctors

The GI Cancer Center is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of doctors and clinicians committed to providing comprehensive, personalized care for gastrointestinal cancer patients. 

Interim Chief of Medical Oncology and Medical Oncologist at our Atlanta-area hospital, Eyal Meiri, MD, is trained and experienced in treating gastrointestinal malignancies, particularly pancreatic cancer and neuroendocrine tumors. Surgical Oncologist Kevin Watkins, MD, focuses on treating upper gastrointestinal cancers, often with minimally invasive surgical techniques. As part of his commitment to continually improve patient care, Dr. Watkins is integrating new pancreatic surgery techniques to expand patients’ treatment options.

As Chief of Staff at CTCA Atlanta and Chair of the CTCA Department of Surgery, AlanYahanda, MD, FACS, uses his training as a surgical oncologist to treat cancers of the pancreas, bile ducts and stomach. He is a leader of the Peritoneal Surface Malignancy Program at CTCA.

A comprehensive team approach

Our GI Cancer Center is committed to a multidisciplinary approach to care. After diagnosis, each patient is evaluated by a gastroenterologist, a surgical oncologist, a medical oncologist and a team of supportive care clinicians, who consult with one another on the range of treatment options and side-effect management tools available. Then, the doctors and clinicians work with the patient as a team, to develop a treatment plan designed to achieve pre-established goals.

This collaborative, personalized approach allows us flexibility along the treatment journey, while also fostering an environment where experts in a variety of disciplines work together, all under one roof. New options may arise or different goals may be proposed during the course of treatment. We monitor the patient throughout treatment and adjust the care plan as needed.

Quality of life

Conventional treatments plus supportive therapies
Because of the digestive tract’s role in processing food and waste, many patients with gastrointestinal disease have difficulty with digestive function. That’s why nutrition therapy is a key component of the GI Cancer Center’s approach. The center has a dedicated clinical dietitian on staff to work with patients in developing a healthy, balanced and appetizing nutrition plan. If patients become malnourished, our dietitian is also available to help them establish healthy lifestyle and eating habits to help improve their condition.

The GI Cancer Center team also works closely with other supportive care clinicians to manage additional disease- and treatment-related side effects, such as nausea and vomiting. These supportive care experts may include a pain management physician, naturopathic provider, mind-body therapist and spiritual support provider.

GI cancer clinical trials

Our oncologists are committed to improving treatment options for gastrointestinal cancer patients. As part of that commitment, the GI Cancer Center offers qualified patients carefully selected clinical trials in studying new treatment approaches like immunotherapy for pancreatic cancer and other innovative research.

Although clinical trials are not available to all patients, they may offer some patients options that would otherwise be unavailable to them. Your care team will discuss whether you qualify for any of our ongoing clinical trials, and if so, help you enroll.

Learn more about the CTCA clinical trial program and which trials are available.

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