Methodist Healthcare is the leading provider in San Antonio for diagnosing and treating cancers within the digestive tract, including esophageal, stomach, pancreatic, liver, colon, rectal and anal cancers. Our network of caregivers diagnosed/treated 1,080 patients with gastrointestinal cancer in 2013, more than any other cancer care center in San Antonio.

Our affiliated physicians are on the cutting edge of diagnosis techniques and treatment methods for gastrointestinal cancers. Your road to recovery begins with the right diagnosis, delivered by dedicated pathologists, radiologists and gastroenterologists. After diagnosis, our highly trained treatment team – including medical oncologists, surgeons and radiation oncologists – works together to provide comprehensive, patient-centered treatment.

We strive to become your partner through each stage of your journey, offering you dedicated oncology navigators who will help you overcome barriers and coordinate care with the entire health care team. Your navigator will guide and support you and your family through the challenges of gastrointestinal cancers, while meeting your physical, emotional, educational and spiritual needs with compassion.

South Texas Advanced Gastroenterology Center at Methodist Hospital (STAGE Center)

The South Texas Advanced Gastroenterology Center at Methodist Hospital (STAGE Center) specializes in diagnosing and treating disorders throughout the entire digestive tract. We offer cutting-edge treatment methods for our gastrointestinal cancer patients. Our physicians are board certified and have broad experience with complex gastrointestinal disorders.

The Methodist Endoscopy Center offers a full spectrum of advanced endoscopic procedures:

Endoscopic Ultrasounds (EUS)


  • Staging of tumors
  • Sampling of lymph nodes, liver and adrenals


  • Celiac neurolysis
  • Pseudocyst drainage
  • Fiducial implantation


  • Mechanical or electrohydraulic lithotripsy
  • SpyGlass® choledochoscopy
  • Failed/difficult duct cannulation (internal rendezvous)
  • Sphincter of Oddi manometry
  • Ampullectomy

HALO® Radiofrequency Ablation

  • Gastric antral vascular ectasia
  • Barrett’s esophagus
  • Radiation proctitis

Endoscopic Mucosal Resection

  • Esophageal or gastric dysplasia
  • Barrett’s with HGD/ early esophageal or gastric cancer
  • Large sessile polyps
  • Carcinoids/submucosal tumors

Endoluminal Stenting

  • Palliation of strictures or obstruction
  • Leak/fistula closure

To refer a patient or to obtain more information, please contact the complex GI nurse navigator at (210) 575-9086.