All of Ochsner’s gastrointestinal (GI) doctors are involved in the diagnosis of GI cancers – esophageal, gastric, colon and pancreatic – through performing special endoscopic procedures. Once diagnosed, the patients are referred out to the Surgery and/or Oncology sections. In the cases of people with malnutrition or the inability to eat, our doctors will put in feeding tubes. GI doctors also have the capability of placing biliary stents in the bile ducts of patients with pancreatic cancer. For very early esophageal cancers, there are two ablative procedures that are available: Halo and Cryoablation. We also offer celiac plexus blocks/neurolysis to aid cancer patients with pain control.