The UT Southwestern Surgical Oncology at Texas Health Dallas specializes in surgical procedures for patients who have gastrointestinal malignancies including liver cancer, pancreatic tumors, colorectal cancer, stomach cancer, neuroendocrine tumors, and gastrointestinal stromal tumors. Surgical procedures we provide include both novel laparoscopic and robotic surgery techniques.
Who We Are
We are part of the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center – the first and only medical center in North Texas to attain National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation. This elite distinction, which is held by only top-tier cancer centers nationwide, recognizes innovative research and excellence in patient care. It is the gold standard for cancer programs.
Patricio Polanco, M.D., leads the efforts at the Surgical Oncology Clinic at Texas Health Dallas. Through the strategic partnership of UT Southwestern’s Simmons Cancer Center and Texas Health Resources System, the patients of Texas Health Dallas Presbyterian Hospital campus now have access to Dr. Polanco’s team and advanced surgical expertise in treating complex gastrointestinal and abdominal conditions.
This expertise includes the latest technology and techniques, including robotic surgery, hyperthermic peritoneal chemoperfusion (HIPEC), and intraoperative radiation therapy. We also offer patients the ability to participate in the broadest possible range of clinical trials, with access to potential therapies not available at other facilities.
What We Treat
The UT Southwestern Surgical Oncology Clinic at Texas Health Dallas manages care for patients with:
- Anal Cancer
- Biliary Tract Disorders
- Colorectal Cancer
- Gallbladder and Bile Duct Disease
- Gallbladder/Bile Duct (Cholangiocarcinoma) Cancer
- Gastrointestinal Cancer
- Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors (GIST)
- Liver Cancer
- Neuroendocrine Tumors
- Pancreatic Cancer
- Pancreatic Disease
- Pelvic Malignancies
- Peritoneal Cancer (HIPEC treatment)
- Rectal Cancer
- Stomach/EG Junction Cancer
What to Expect
The surgical oncology team works closely with each patient to find surgical options best suited to his or her needs.
During the first appointment, the surgical oncologist will:
- Review the patient’s medical record, including X-rays and test results from any tests or biopsies.
- Discuss the patient’s health history.
- Discuss the potential need for a biopsy to accurately diagnose the disease and determine its stage.
If surgery is a part of the treatment plan, the surgeon will explain the recommended treatment options, answer questions, and help the patient and his or her loved ones feel comfortable with any upcoming procedures.
For a patient with cancer, the goal of surgery is to remove the tumor, when appropriate. When the tumor cannot be removed completely, surgery can ease pain or remove obstructions that the tumor causes. For some patients, surgery is the only form of treatment. For others, we might recommend surgery in combination with radiation therapy or chemotherapy.
Preparing for the Appointment
Patients should ask their referring physician or hospital to have all medical records sent to UT Southwestern Medical Center. We will have access to any medical records for procedures performed at UT Southwestern.
In addition to medical records, here are a few things to gather before the first appointment:
- Insurance cards
- Surgical reports
- X-ray/scan results and/or films
- Blood work results
- Contact information for other doctors that have been seen
- Pathology reports
- Specimen slides
- List of current medications
- List of questions for physicians and/or the financial office