UF Health Gastrointestinal Oncology Center: Overview
Making Advanced Cancer Care Accessible
The University of Florida Health Gastrointestinal (GI) Oncology Center provides a comprehensive, compassionate and multidisciplinary approach to caring for patients diagnosed with cancers of the digestive organs such as colon cancer, liver cancer and pancreatic cancer. Our primary mission is to provide all patients with streamlined access to UF Health cancer specialists and to the full spectrum of high-quality and cutting-edge treatment options.
UF Health Shands Hospital is ranked as one of the nation's top hospitals for cancer and gastroenterology & GI surgery by U.S. News & World Report.
The UF Health GI Oncology Program offers a wide range of advanced diagnostic and treatment modalities for patients with:
- Anal cancer
- Appendix cancer
- Bile duct cancer
- Colon cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Gallbladder cancer
- Liver cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Rectal cancer
- Retroperitoneum cancer
- Small intestinal cancer
- Stomach cancer
Multidisciplinary Treatment For Comprehensive Care
The UF Health GI Oncology Center is staffed by highly trained academic physicians with expertise in a variety of medical specialties and subspecialties, who collaborate to optimize rapid diagnosis and highly effective treatment of patients with digestive cancers.
The multidisciplinary team of digestive cancer specialists includes UF Health surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, gastroenterologists, pathologists and radiologists, as well as oncology nurses, genetic counselors, social workers, psychologists, nutritionists and integrative medicine specialists. To ensure the best possible outcomes, this team meets weekly to discuss and determine the best treatment plan for each individual patient — plans that incorporate the latest modalities, including access to experimental treatments and new therapies not available elsewhere. During the center’s multidisciplinary clinic, patients can see all essential members of the team during a single comprehensive visit.
Our dedicated GI oncology nurse navigator facilitates all aspects of patient care and serves as the liaison between patients, referring physicians and the multidisciplinary UF Health GI oncology team. This simplifies patient access for appointments and services, and provides patients with continuity from the initial visit through treatment and follow-up consultations. It also ensures the seamless transition of care from the referring physicians to the UF Health GI Oncology Center and back again, easing the burden on patients and their families.
Commitment To Communication
Our team at the UF GI Oncology Center is dedicated to providing the highest level of care to patients throughout the entire course of their cancer treatment. Referring physicians are an integral part of that care. We are committed to keeping all members of the health care team informed about each patient’s treatment and will provide information on a regular basis to ensure that everyone involved remains up to date.
For more information about the services of the UF Health Gastrointestinal Oncology Center, to refer a patient, or to schedule a consultation for a second opinion, contact the GI oncology nurse navigator at 352-265-0992.