Gastrointestinal cancers can develop anywhere along your digestive tract and can be difficult to diagnose. Our experienced specialists are dedicated to preventing gastrointestinal cancer. This includes assessing and managing your cancer risk, and detecting pre-cancers or cancer in its earliest stages.
Care and Treatment at the GI Cancer Prevention Program
Expert GI Cancer Prevention Services at Stanford Health Care
As experts in minimally invasive care for gastrointestinal disorders, we can help manage your cancer risk using the least invasive means possible. Our endoscopists have advanced training, helping us to provide you with the most appropriate treatments.
We offer endoscopy procedures in our newly renovated endoscopy suites at Stanford Hospital and in the Stanford Outpatient Surgical Center in Redwood City. Offering spacious procedure rooms with the best available tools and technology, we perform gastrointestinal cancer prevention procedures with your convenience and comfort in mind.
Tests and procedures available through our GI Cancer Prevention Program include:
Colonoscopy: Colonoscopy is one of the most common tests we use in the prevention of colon and rectal cancer.Using sophisticated techniques and innovative tools, we also offer advanced colonoscopy procedures for people with complicated precancerous growths detected during a standard diagnostic or screening colonoscopy.
Chromoendoscopy: Accessing your colon with the help of a small flexible tube and tiny camera we insert into your rectum (endoscope). A special dye is used to examine the fine details of your colon.
Double balloon enteroscopy: Accessing your small intestine with the help of a special endoscope, we use small balloons to apply gentle suction to grab and move sections of your intestines to examine hard-to-reach areas of your bowels.
Endoscopic ultrasound: Using a special imaging endoscope, we examine deep layers of tissue in your colon, rectum, esophagus, stomach, or pancreas (submucosa, muscle, and other layers). Learn more about endoscopic ultrasound.
Endoscopic mucosal resection: During this minimally invasive procedure, we remove large areas of abnormal tissue, including colon polyps or areas of diseased tissue (dysplasia) due to Barrett’s esophagus. Learn more about endoscopic mucosal resection.
Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography: This endoscopic test uses X-rays to examine the tubes (ducts) that carry bile from your liver to your gallbladder and small intestine, and pancreatic juices from your pancreas to your small intestine. Learn more about endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP).
Radiofrequency ablation: During this procedure, we eliminate areas of precancerous cells by applying a beam of controlled heat. Learn more about radiofrequency ablation.
Sigmoidoscopy: With the help of an endoscope that we insert into your rectum, we examine the lower part of your colon and rectum (sigmoidoscopy).
Upper endoscopy: With the help of an endoscope, we carefully examine the lining of your esophagus, stomach, and upper small intestine for ulcers, inflammation, infection, and cancer. During your upper endoscopy, we may also take a tissue sample (biopsy) and examine it under a microscope.
Video capsule endoscopy: This procedure involves swallowing a pill with a tiny camera that takes a picture of your small intestine. Video capsule endoscopy helps our team examine areas of your intestine that can otherwise be difficult to reach.
Virtual colonoscopy: If you are not able to tolerate or have not been able to complete other colonoscopy tests, a virtual colonoscopy uses advanced imaging technology instead of an endoscope to examine your colon.
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