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Gastrointestinal Cancer Tumor Board

The Stanford Gastrointestinal (GI) Oncology Program thinks that there are no "simple" GI cancers. Each newly diagnosed patient deserves the expertise that only a multi-specialty team of specialists can bring to bear. The best time to cure a cancer is the first time.

GI and Liver Tumor Boards are held weekly for newly diagnosed patients with GI cancers who might benefit from multi-specialty consultation. Anyone with localized pancreatic cancer, gastric cancer, or rectal cancer may bring their family or close friends to a tumor board appointment where the entire GI Cancer Tumor Board reviews their medical history, pathology, and radiographic studies followed by a face-to-face discussion and consultation with the cancer surgeon, the medical oncologist, and the radiation oncologist.

The advantage of meeting all relevant subspecialists to address patient and family questions and concerns is a unique feature of the tumor boards and an immense source of satisfaction for patients and their families.

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