Our Gastroenterology Blog

Posts for: July, 2018

July 24, 2018

Though increasingly common, cancer is almost always a frightening diagnosis to receive. However, with the proper knowledge of the gastrointestinal cancerdisease and help from a team of doctors, you can understand the best treatment options for you. Gastrointestinal tract cancer is an umbrella term for a group of cancers which affect your digestive system. Find out more about spotting gastrointestinal tract cancer early and learn about the treatment options available for you from your gastroenterologist with Digestive and Liver Center of Florida in Orlando, FL, and Altamonte Springs, FL.

What is the gastrointestinal tract? 
The gastrointestinal tract is a system of organs which allow digestion to take place. The GI tract begins at the mouth and moves food down the body through the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, and anus. These organs all play a vital role in digesting the food you eat, distributing its nutrients to the body, and disposing of the waste left behind. Gastrointestinal tract cancer can affect any of these organs. Some common types of GI cancer include esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, pancreatic cancer, liver cancer, and gallbladder cancer.

Common Signs of Cancer of the Gastrointestinal Tract 
Due to its wide range of different types of cancer, the symptoms of GI cancer vary depending on which part of the body is affected. However, some common signs and symptoms include:

  • unexplained weight loss
  • poor appetite
  • belly pain or discomfort
  • nausea
  • bloody stool
  • a sense of fullness in the abdomen

Finding and treating any form of cancer is crucial to successfully overcome this disease. If you think you have the signs of GI cancer, you should see your gastroenterologist immediately to investigate further into your symptoms.

Gastrointestinal Tract Cancer Treatments in Orlando, FL, and Altamonte Springs, FL 
Treating gastrointestinal tract cancer varies depending on the type of cancer diagnosed and its stage and development. Early stages of GI cancers may require only surgery to remove the affected parts of the affected areas. In later stages, radiation therapy or chemotherapy may become necessary to properly eradicate the cancerous cells. Working with your gastroenterologist can help you choose the best treatment plan for you.

For more information on gastrointestinal cancers, please contact Digestive and Liver Center of Florida with locations in East Orlando, FL and Downtown Orlando, FL, and a location in Altamonte Springs, FL. Call (407) 384-7388 to schedule your appointment at any of the three locations today!

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06/27/2018 – Today at Oviedo Medical Center Dr. Sam Atallah, a pioneer in surgical innovation performed the first operation of its kind for intestinal cancer. The operation was performed with a specialized flexible robotic system-the only one like it in the entire state-to remove a tumor from the intestinal tract.

The new robotic system is unique because it allows for operation inside the intestine in a curve-linear path. In this way, Dr. Atallah explains “I am able to reach growths from inside the intestine, rather than having to cut through the abdomen to get to them. For select patients, this can cure them from early stage cancer without having to put them through major surgery.”

Dr. Atallah is one of only five investigators hand-selected to trial the state-of-the-art system designed for Colorectal Surgery. The advanced robotic system received FDA clearance in 2017.

Sam Atallah, MD, FASCRS, FACS

Dr. Atallah is among the most well-known colorectal surgeons in the world. In 2018, he was appointed Professor of Surgery at UCF-College of Medicine and Director of Colorectal Surgery at Oviedo Medical Center. He moved to Orlando in 2007 after completing training at Houston’s Texas Medical Center with Surgical Oncology training at MD Anderson Cancer Center where his training had earned him double-board certification in General Surgery and Colorectal Surgery. Two years to the day after completing fellowship training in colon & rectal surgery, Dr. Atallah performed the world’s first TAMIS operation in Winter Park, FL on June 30, 2009. This created a new approach to treating rectal cancers and polyps that is now being practiced in more than 50 countries. Dr. Atallah pioneered robotic transanal surgery and was the first in the world to perform this technique. He is one of the leaders in advanced technology for rectal cancer surgery and has developed the technique of stereotactic navigation for transanal total mesorectal excision (taTME) — an important step forward in the evolution of computer-assisted surgery. Complex treatment of rectal cancer and surgical management of this disease through the new techniques of TAMIS and taTME represent Dr. Atallah’s principal interests in colorectal surgery; and he is currently producing a textbook on these topics scheduled for 2019 publication by Springer Nature. He is also actively involved in the design and assessment of next-generation, AI assisted robotic systems and digital surgery.

About Oviedo Medical Center:

Oviedo Medical Center, the new 64-bed acute care hospital, provides a full range of healthcare services to east Seminole County and surrounding communities. Services include medical and surgical inpatient units, intensive care, medical cardiology, telemetry, cardiac catheterization, inpatient and outpatient surgery, robotic surgery, women’s services including labor and delivery, cardiopulmonary services, comprehensive diagnostic imaging and 24/7 emergency care. Oviedo Medical Center is designed with the patient in mind with personalized care, all private rooms and the newest medical technology available. Oviedo Medical Center is located at the intersection of Red Bug Lake Road and State Road 426, adjacent to State Road 417 (Central Florida GreeneWay).

About the Endo-Surgical Center of Florida:

The Endo-Surgical Center of Florida is the region's premier outpatient surgery facility in Central Florida. The patient experience is the number one priority at Endo-Surgical Center of Florida and the physicians and staff main focus is on providing accessibility, affordability and quality care. Skilled physicians, superb nurses and the latest technology in surgery are complemented by a caring and compassionate staff. Physicians utilize state-of-the-art technology to perform a wide range of procedures including colorectal, endoscopic, cardiac, cosmetic, optical, urological and other surgeries. The latest technology is offered to patients for treatment of anorectal conditions. This includes minimally invasive procedures for the treatment of hemorrhoids, fissures, fistulas, including the use of Botox, stem cells, and sphincter preservation procedures.

A virtual tour of the center is available at EndoSurgFlorida.com.