UW Health's Multidisciplinary Hepatobiliary Pancreas Clinic
The Multidisciplinary Hepatobiliary Pancreas Clinic at UW Hospital and Clinics brings together a complete team of health care professionals to treat problems of the liver, bile ducts, gallbladder, pancreas and gastrointestinal tract.
According to Dr. Noelle LoConte, UW sees over 100 new patients a year with pancreas cancer. Surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, gastroenterologists, hepatologists, radiologists, pathologists, nurses, social workers and financial specialists are each actively involved in patient evaluation and treatment, and each member of the team understands the special needs of patients and their families.
Clinic Services include:
- Use of less invasive diagnostic techniques, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), endoscopic ultrasound and positron emission tomography (PET) scanning
- New surgical techniques, including laparascopy and intraoperative ultrasound
- Innovative treatments for liver tumors, including radiofrequency ablation and chemoembolization
- New methods of chemotherapy
For more information about gastrointestinal cancers, you can go to www.hemonctoday.com. Dr. LoConte is a guest blogger on this website and frequently posts content about this topic.
Gastrointestinal Support Group
If you have patients that are interested in discussing and learning more about gastrointestinal cancer, UW Hospital and Clinics host a support group for anyone affected by a gastrointestinal cancer. The meetings are focused around educational presentations and mutual support.
This specific support group allows for patients and family members meet with longtime recovering patients and discuss questions and concerns as they relate to GI cancers.
For more information about this support group, contact Kathy Rothering, GI Oncology Nurse Coordinator, at (608) 263-5384.