Oregon Cancer Alliance Gastrointestinal Team aims to save lives
Eugene Gastroenterology Consultants is one of several specialty clinics in Lane County that work together to provide coordinated care to patients through the Oregon Cancer Alliance network. Representatives from these clinics meet regularly at what are called tumor boards to discuss individual patient cases to provide the very best cancer care as seamlessly as possible, from diagnosis through treatment, to provide patients with the best possible outcome. To learn more, contact us.
Drs. Moaven and Holman on the importance of colon cancer screening
Did you know that colon cancer can be prevented through screening or caught early, when treatment is most effective? Unfortunately, about one third of Americans 50 years and older are not getting the recommended testing, and there has also been a concerning increase in the number of people under age 50 diagnosed with colon cancer. Watch this video featuring Drs. Jubeen Moaven and Nathan Holman of Eugene Gastroenterology Consultants, who talk about the importance of screening and the risk factors and symptoms related to colon cancer. To schedule a colonoscopy, contact us.
Oregon Cancer Alliance: Your cancer care dream team
To treat cancer successfully, it takes a highly qualified team of providers focused on the needs of the patient. That teamwork happens through the Oregon Cancer Alliance, where 13 oncology specialty groups in Lane County, Oregon, work together to coordinate care, so that patients get the best treatment possible in a timely manner. Meet Dr. Ryan De Lee of Eugene Gastroenterology Consultants and other area specialists, who talk about the benefits of having an A-team cancer team on your side.
What is colonoscopy and why is it needed?
Your physician may recommend colonoscopy because of unexplained rectal bleeding, unexplained pain or to evaluate a condition, such as inflammatory bowel disease. Your doctor may also want an evaluation to rule out colon cancer because you or a close relative have a history of colon polyps. This outpatient procedure normally takes 30 to 60 minutes. Before the procedure begins, you’ll receive a sedative that will make you sleepy; most patients don’t feel or remember the procedure afterward. During a colonoscopy, tumors or early cancers can be detected and removed, thereby avoiding surgery and saving lives. Watch this video featuring Dr. Jonathan Gonenne of Eugene Gastroenterology Consultants.
What is endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography?
Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is used to diagnosis and treat disorders of the pancreas, bile duct, liver and gallbladder. ERCP treatments may include sphincterotomy to treat gallstones or other blockage; stenting to relieve jaundice; nasobiliary tube placement to help the drainage of bile and allow for further X-rays once clear; or rendezvous procedure/transhepatic cholangiogram to allow for the placement of drainage catheters or guide wires. Watch this video featuring Dr. Jonathan Gonenne of Eugene Gastroenterology Consultants.
What is upper endoscopy (EGD)?
Upper endoscopy (EGD) is the examination of the upper gastrointestinal tract using a long, flexible scope. This procedure allows your physician to observe all parts of the upper gastrointestinal tract – the esophagus, the stomach, and the first part of your small intestine. Upper endoscopy (EGD) can be used to investigate symptoms, diagnose or biopsy for diseases, or treat digestive system problems. It is sometimes ordered to test for anemia, bleeding, inflammation, diarrhea or cancers of the digestive system. Patients experience little or no discomfort during the procedure and it typically takes 30 minutes or less. Watch this video featuring Dr. Jonathan Gonenne of Eugene Gastroenterology Consultants.