Gastrointestinal Cancer and Endocrine Tumour Unit
The Gastrointestinal Cancer Unit of the IOB Oncological Institute treats patients who have been diagnosed with tumours that affect their digestive system. The unit offers the most advanced treatments in relatively common tumours such as those affecting the colon, rectum, stomach or pancreas, in addition to the less frequent ones such as cancer of the oesophagus, liver, bile ducts or neuroendocrine tumours.
Patients who come to the unit may have been previously diagnosed in another medical centre, or they may be people who have suspected gastrointestinal cancer and require a first diagnosis. Likewise, like other IOB units, the Gastrointestinal Cancer Unit offers a second opinion service to patients who are treated by oncologists from other centres.
Patients treated at the Gastrointestinal Cancer Unit are treated by a multidisciplinary team comprising oncologists, internists, anatomic pathologists, radiology and nuclear medicine specialists and specialised cancer nursing staff. Likewise, IOB offers psychological or psychiatric care to patients in need of it, advice from nutrition specialists, complementary medicine treatments such as acupuncture and hypnosis to treat anxiety and pain, and aesthetic medicine treatments if necessary.
This multidisciplinary team makes it easier for patients to undergo all the tests and receive all the treatments they need in a coordinated way in the same place and in as little time as possible, without the need to travel and to manage visits to different specialists separately. The team is led by the oncologist Dr. Josep Tabernero, and is composed of Dr. Teresa Macarulla, Dr. Elena Elez, Dr. Silvia Patricia Cortez, Dr. Celia Miralles, Dr. Marisa Torres and Dr. Javier Román.