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Tests & Treatments

The following tests and treatments are some of the most common tests and treatments offered by specialists in this area. These specialists offer many other advanced tests and treatments for a wide range of medical problems. Please call (888) 352-RUSH (7874) if you have questions about specific tests or treatments not listed here.

  • Brachytherapy is a cancer treatment where radioactive seeds or wires are placed inside or near the tumor.
  • Patients who are at risk for cancer, have a suspected cancer, or have a diagnosed cancer may need some type of surgery. Their care team will discuss when they need surgery and what their options are so that they can decide what is best for them.
  • Chemotherapy uses drugs to destroy cancer cells or to slow down their growth.
  • Doctors at Rush use endoscopic mucosal resection to remove early-stage cancers or precancerous tissues in people with Barrett’s esophagus, esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, carcinoid tumors and colon polyps. Doctors may also use EMR to take tissue samples to examine for diagnostic purposes.
  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is an procedure that uses X-rays and an endoscope (a lighted, flexible tube containing a camera) to diagnose or treat problems in the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts and pancreas.
  • Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) is an imaging procedure that doctors use to find and evaluate cancers and other conditions of the pancreas, liver, gallbladder and digestive tract.
  • Esophagectomy

    Esophagectomy is surgery to remove all or part of the esophagus, the tube that carries food from the throat to the stomach. An esophagectomy is most often performed as treatment for esophageal cancer. Part of the stomach or intestine is used to rebuild the removed portion of the esophagus.
  • Gastrectomy

    Gastrectomy is a surgical procedure to remove all or part of the stomach. Gastric sleeve, also called sleeve gastrectomy, is performed for weight loss: It removes part of the stomach and creates a narrow tube out of the remaining stomach. A gastrectomy may also be performed as part of gastrointestinal cancer treatment.
  • Specialists at Rush offer a wide range of DNA testing, including tests for Down syndrome and cystic fibrosis as well as colon cancer and breast cancer.
  • Integrative medicine is the use of complementary therapies, such as acupuncture, counseling and yoga, to manage disease symptoms or treatment side effects.
  • During a laparoscopic procedure, a surgeon makes small incisions in the abdomen to insert a scope (a small, thin tube fitted with a camera) and other surgical tools. Surgeons use laparoscopy to diagnose and treat many conditions.
  • Pancreatectomy

    Pancreatectomy is the surgical removal of all or part of the pancreas.
  • Radiation Therapy

    Radiation therapy is a cancer treatment that targets tumors with radiation to kill them or keep them from growing. In some cases, doctors also use radiation therapy to reduce pain and improve quality of life for cancer patients.
  • Radiofrequency Ablation

    Radiofrequency ablation is the use of high-frequency electrical currents to remove tissue from an area of the body. Doctors use it to treat a variety of conditions, including varicose veins, atrial fibrillation, Barrett’s esophagus and some cancers.
  • Robotic surgery is a minimally invasive technique that surgeons use. The technique allows for smaller incisions and more precise movements during surgery, which benefits patients.
  • Stent Placement

    Stent placement is often done as part of an angioplasty procedure to widen and restore blood flow through blood vessels that have become narrowed, as well as to reduce the risk of brain and abdominal aortic aneurysms rupturing. A stent (a metal mesh or fabric tube) is used to prevent re-narrowing or reinforce a weak area in a blood vessel. After coil embolization to seal off a wide-necked aneurysm, a stent may be needed to create a barrier that keeps the coil in place.  
  • Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery (TEM)

    Transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM) is a procedure performed entirely through the anus and rectum. It can be used instead of abdominal surgery to remove certain large polyps and smaller cancers from the middle and upper rectum. Most patients go home the same day and can return to normal activities within two weeks.
  • Whipple Procedure

    Whipple procedure, or pancreaticoduodenectomy, is an operation used to remove certain pancreatic cancers, noncancerous pancreatic lesions, and cysts and cancers in the bile duct and duodenum (first section of the small intestine). It is usually an open surgery but can sometimes be done using a less invasive laparoscopic technique.