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Gastrointestinal Cancer Program

Gastrointestinal and Hepatobiliary Program

The Gastrointestinal Cancer Program is dedicated to the treatment and study of patients with cancers of the GI tract. Full care, including initial or second evaluations and long-term follow up, is offered in conjunction with the patient's referring physician.

Activities are integrated through a multispecialty GI Clinic, which sees patients and meets for discussion regularly. Our staff includes medical oncologists, surgeons, gastroenterologists, radiologists, radiation oncologists, nurses, social workers and nutritionists.

Current treatment/research programs include:

  • surgical resection - removal of the cancerous parts or part of an organ or body structure
  • cryoablation -  technique for removing cancerous tissue by killing it with extreme cold
  • chemoembolization - The surgical introduction of chemotherapy drugs into the circulatory system to obstruct the blood vessels that feed a cancerous tumor
  • radiofrequency ablation - destruction of cancerous tissue by the use of  high frequency alternating current. The current destroys the cancerous tissue
  • radiation therapy - use of radiation to kill cancerous cells or a solid tumor
  • investigational agents - use of new techniques and/or chemotherapies to destroy cancer
  • combined modality therapy - use of the multiple techniques to destroy the cancer cells and or tumor
  • intra-arterial chemotherapy - use of chemotherapy directly into the arteries that feed a tumor
  • genetic testing/counseling - discussion with our genetic counselors whether there is a gene mutation that could be inherited or passed on to other family members

Patients Appropriate for Referral:
Patients with cancers of the GI tract, bile ducts, liver and pancreas

Contact Information

Gastrointestinal & Hepatobiliary Oncology
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
617-667-9235

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