Meet Dr. Patricio Polanco
GI Surgical Oncologist in Dallas
Surgical oncologist Patricio Polanco, M.D., focuses on treating complex gastrointestinal malignancies including liver cancer, pancreas cancer, colorectal cancer, gastric cancer, gastrointestinal stromal tumors, and neuroendocrine tumors.
Dr. Polanco also has advanced training in cytoreductive surgery, hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC), minimally invasive techniques, and robotic surgery.
Cytoreductive surgery is a complex procedure that removes any visible tumors or cancer that has disseminated in the abdominal cavity, and HIPEC delivers high concentration of heated chemotherapy drugs directly to the affected areas.
For select patients with appendiceal cancer, mesothelioma, ovarian cancer, and colon cancer that has spread throughout the abdomen, this treatment offers the chance to control the disease and prolong their lives.
“It is a delicate, complex, and challenging surgery but safe and beneficial when it is performed by experienced and well-trained surgeons,” Dr. Polanco says.
“Understanding each patient’s disease process helps us to select patients that will benefit from this procedure. Before the development of this technique, patients with carcinomatosis or peritoneal dissemination of cancer had little to no options to treat their symptoms, improve their quality of life, and obtain long-term survival,” he says.
Dr. Polanco also focuses on treating gastrointestinal tumors with minimally invasive and robotic surgery options when appropriate. These techniques allow for smaller incisions that lead to minimal postoperative pain and a faster recovery after surgery.
“With the use of the latest technology and advanced surgical skills, minimally invasive or robotic surgery can be an important option for some patients with abdominal tumors,” he says. “The faster they can recover from surgery, the sooner they can get to the next stage of their cancer care, whether that’s resting at home or receiving chemotherapy or radiation.”
Beyond his technical expertise, Dr. Polanco prides himself on bringing warmth and compassion to every patient he treats.
“My profession isn’t just a job or part of a routine,” he says. “I truly care about my patients and want to do what’s best for them. I take their struggles and concerns as my own. When I discuss treatment options I try to put myself in their shoes and offer them the care that I would like my own family to receive.”