With smaller and smaller equipment, GI doctors are doing more and more for their patients
Yet the need for ongoing support remains as strong as ever. From liver to colon, there are more cancers of the GI tract than any other part of the body – and that’s just one of the critical issues doctors are facing. Your support will advance:
Using advanced nanotechnology that give them the scoop from inside the GI tract, doctors at the Allan. H. Owen Endoscopy Suite at the University of Alberta Hospital can locate, diagnose and remove cancerous growths and other unwanted blockages all in one outpatient visit.
They’re also performing noninvasive biopsies for liver disease that are as quick as a security scan at the airport. Endoscopic ultrasounds that dramatically reduce the need for major surgeries. And point of care ultrasounds that detect thickening of the bowel – a key marker for inflammatory bowel disease – so treatment can begin immediately.
On the research side, researchers continue to study the trillions of bacteria, viruses and fungi that make up your gut biome, where the cure for conditions ranging from irritable bowel syndrome to obesity to diabetes may be found. As well, researchers and clinicians are working hand-in-hand to develop new life-saving procedures to match their ground-breaking fecal transplants (in pill form) that offer a 95% cure rate for patients battling devastating C. difficile infections.
In short, thanks to our donors, GI patient care is second-to-none in Canada at the University of Alberta Hospital.
Yet the need for ongoing support remains as strong as ever.
At first mention, the concept of a fecal transplant might conjure up a wealth of emotions in prospective patients, ranging from curiosity and disbelief to squeamishness and disgust. But, for patients suffering from a potentially life-threatening Clostridioides difficile, or C. diff, infection, these procedures may hold the key to their recoveries.