Other Gastrointestinal Cancers

Penn offers a multidisciplinary approach to evaluation and treatment for patients diagnosed with gastrointestinal cancer. Specialists work in collaboration with the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania. Our physicians provide national leadership in improving care by treating patients with combined therapies, including endoscopic procedures, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.

Gastrointestinal cancers that we treat include:

  • Anal Cancer
  • Appendix Cancer (see Gastrointestinal Carcinoid Tumor)
  • Bile Duct Cancer, Extrahepatic
  • Carcinoid Tumor, Gastrointestinal
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Gallbladder Cancer
  • Gastric Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors (GIST)
  • Islet Cell Tumors, Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Liver Cancer, Adult Primary
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Stomach (Gastric) Cancer

Gastrointestinal Cancer Treatment

Doctors at Penn have developed surgical therapies that provide the best chance for cure while preserving quality of life, and pioneered nutritional support for gastrointestinal cancer patients, a crucial part of care and recovery.

Penn also has a genetics clinic for the testing and counseling of people at high risk of developing gastrointestinal cancer. Genetics counselors in the program work with patients to reduce their risk of developing future cancers.

Our program offers:

  • Diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal cancer
  • Second opinions regarding treatment options
  • Multidisciplinary approach involving specialists from gastroenterology, gastrointestinal surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, radiology and pathology
  • The resources of the Abramson Cancer Center, one of less than 30 cancer centers in the country approved and designated by the National Cancer Institute as a Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Access to new therapies through a wide range of clinical trials (please visit the website of the high-risk GI cancer evaluation program and Oncolink's web page dedicated to colorectal cancer)
  • Coordination with programs in chemoprevention, molecular diagnosis, experimental therapeutics and genetic counseling
  • Access to a wide range of UPHS support services for patients and families

The Penn Pancreatic and Biliary Center is the highest volume pancreatic cancer center in the Philadelphia region and among the top ten in the country.

Multidisciplinary Approach

Our multidisciplinary team of gastrointestinal cancer specialists includes:





This program is available at the following locations:

Preparing for Appointments and Procedures

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