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Gastrointestinal and Hepatobiliary Cancer Program

Gastrointestinal and Hepatobiliary Program

The Gastrointestinal and Hepatobiliary Oncology Program at BIDMC is a comprehensive unit dedicated to the treatment and study of patients with cancers of the GI tract, bile ducts, liver and pancreas. 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