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Stanford's Gallbladder Cancer Expertise

Stanford's Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer Program team is recognized for its success in diagnosing and treating patients with gallbladder cancer, which is a rare and often complex form of cancer. Patients in the program benefit from the team's expertise as well as from state-of-the-art treatments, including:

  • Advanced diagnostic imaging technologies, including:
    • Ultrasound imaging
    • PET/CT imaging
    • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with a new 3T magnet for improved resolution
  • Advanced techniques in endoscopy for both diagnostic and therapeutic procedures
  • Expertise in Radiation Therapy, using:
    • Intraoperative Radiotherapy (IORT), using radiation to augment the effectiveness of surgery
    • Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) for focused treatment and minimal toxicity to healthy tissue
  • Skilled surgeons who perform high-volume cancer operations, including laparoscopic procedures to offer more rapid recovery than standard surgery.
  • Chemotherapy in the Cancer Center's newly expanded, patient-friendly infusion center.

Stanford operates a dedicated weekly multi-specialty Hepatobiliary Tumor Board (Liver Tumor Board) attended by hepatobiliary surgeons, medical oncologists, interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, transplant surgeons, diagnostic radiologists, and pathologists.

When appropriate, patients are invited to participate in studies of new treatments as well as large-scale multicenter clinical trials.

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