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About the Gastrointestinal Cancer Program

Fox Chase is home to some of the nation’s top gastrointestinal cancer specialists and support staff–a multidisciplinary team of professionals who work together to diagnose and treat gastrointestinal abnormalities and gastrointestinal cancer. This team includes physicians and oncology-certified nurses with specialty experience in gastrointestinal cancer, and meets regularly for tumor boards where patient cases and potential treatment options are reviewed.

Gastrointestinal cancer patients at Fox Chase benefit from the Center’s robust research program, with cutting-edge clinical trials offered in surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Fox Chase physicians and researchers are influential members of the National Cancer Institute’s NRG Oncology. The Center offers a number of clinical trials and novel treatments that patients with gastrointestinal cancer may not otherwise have access to elsewhere.

Conditions treated by gastrointestinal specialists at Fox Chase include (but are not limited to):

Our Treatment Approach

Fox Chase offers a wide range of treatment options for individuals with gastrointestinal disease, including a number of clinical trials not found at most hospitals. Treatment may involve surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy or molecular targeted therapies, not typically found at most hospitals. Our multidisciplinary care for gastrointestinal cancer is provided through our clinical departments:

  • Clinical Genetics – The risk assessment program provides genetic testing, counseling and cancer-risk reduction services for individuals and their family members who are at risk for gastrointestinal cancer.
  • Diagnostic Imaging – The diagnostic imaging team includes board-certified radiologists, nurses and technologists who expertly and compassionately guide patients through the entire imaging process.
  • Hematology/Oncology – Medical oncologists at Fox Chase specialize in systemic therapies that are both currently available and also under investigation through clinical trials.
  • Medicine
    • Fox Chase recognizes the importance of treating all medical problems our patients face, in addition to cancer. Our department of medicine includes some of the best physicians in the country, specializing in endocrinology, dermatology, gastroenterology, internal medicine, physical medicine, psychiatry and pulmonary medicine.
    • In addition, the division of gastroenterology provides a full array of diagnostic, therapeutic and consultative gastrointestinal services to patients with and without cancer.
  • Pathology – The philosophy of the department of pathology is to provide high quality diagnostic service to foster the clinical and research missions of Fox Chase Cancer Center.
  • Radiation Oncology – Radiation therapists and physicists use innovative methods to provide tailored radiation therapy.
  • Surgical Oncology – Our surgeons are highly skilled in the latest surgical approaches for the treatment of gastrointestinal cancer.

Additional aspects of our program to provide complete care for gastrointestinal cancer patients include:

See a listing of all our support services.

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