In an effort to serve more patients needing life-saving screenings for colon cancer or other digestive disorders, ETMC Athens has expanded its state-of-the-art gastroenterology lab.
“The GI lab is now three times larger than before with two procedure rooms and eight prep and recovery bays,” said Pam Grove, RN, GI lab director. “We also are recruiting another gastroenterologist for our team.”
Procedures include colonoscopies, esophagogastroduodenoscopy, capsule endoscopy (Pill Cam), esophageal high-resolution manometry, paracentesis and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancratography.
“Our GI lab helps in diagnosing a range of digestive disorders including Celiac and Crohn’s disease, diverticulosis and diverticulitis, GERD and colon cancer,” said Grove. “Digestive disorders include the treatment of diseases of the liver and digestive tract, as well as the stomach, duodenum, gallbladder, pancreas, small intestine and colon.”
According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women in the United States, and the second leading cause in men. While the death rate has been dropping because of screenings, this year 50,260 Americans will die from colorectal cancer.