Gastrointestinal MDC

The gastrointestinal multidisciplinary clinic (MDC) at KHCC treats all patients diagnosed with gastrointestinal tumors, including:
 
 
The patient is referred to the MDC by their treating physician within the MDC team. The MDC team conducts a proper investigation and staging of all gastrointestinal tumors as well as comprehensive treatment to eradicate the cancer and palliative treatment for late-stage cases.
 
Surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or a combination of these may be included in the treatment plan, depending on the patient’s specific diagnosis. Surgery is usually the first form of treatment for gastrointestinal cancer patients, in order to remove the tumor and contain the spread of cancer. Most patients up to stage III tumors receive surgery, unless there is metastasis (spread) of the cancer to other organs in the body.
 
The MDC team uses the latest state-of-the-art techniques and procedures, including endoscopic ultrasounds and biopsies, radiotherapy, CT-guided biopsies, whole body PET scans and laporoscopic surgery in order to accurately identify the exact location of the tumor and remove it with minimal risk of complications.                                                                                                                                                           
 
Who’s on the team?
 
The team meets weekly to review all the cases on the MDC list.
 
Ancillary and patient support services
The GI team works in close cooperation with the pain management department, physical therapists, nutritionists, and psychosocial services at KHCC in order to provide patients with the most comprehensive care possible.