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Gastrointestinal Cancer Program

Our program is dedicated to treating patients with cancers of the gastrointestinal tract., and to performing research to help develop new therapies. We offer you full care, including initial consultations, second opinions and long-term follow up. We will work together with you primary care physician to provide you with the best care available today.

The activities of our specialists are integrated through a multispecialty clinic where you will be seen regularly and clinicians will regularly review your progress. Our staff includes expert medical oncologists, surgeons, gastroenterologists, radiologists, radiation oncologists, nurses, social workers and nutritionists.

Current Treatment and Research Programs

  • 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
  • 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 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



Contact Information

Gastrointestinal Cancer Program
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

QOPI Certification for Quality

QOPI Certification LogoThe Cancer Center at BIDMC is recognized by the American Society of Clinical Oncology for meeting the highest standards in cancer careLearn more