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Gastrointestinal Cancer

Gastrointestinal Cancer

A Single Location for Care of the Whole Patient

The leading-edge Temple Digestive Disease Center is a convenient centralized location for patients during their consultations and procedures. All of the main medical, surgical, and diagnostic procedures take place right here. From the first suspicion of cancer through the course of treatment, we make service a top priority and adapt to the unique needs of our patients. Most new patients are seen within one week of being referred to us. Multilingual support services ensure that patients of all backgrounds can easily navigate their treatment.

We Tackle Complex Cases

The GI Cancer Program at Temple combines an array of specialty services for comprehensive and effective therapy. Core services include:

  • Gastroenterology
  • Hepatology
  • Interventional radiology
  • Medical oncology
  • Oncology nursing
  • Pain management and anesthesia
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacy 
  • Radiation oncology
  • Radiology
  • Surgery (liver and bile ducts, colorectal, general)
  • Support services with dietitians, social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists
  • Surgical oncology

Our team is recognized for helping patients with the most difficult-to-treat cancers — including those with advanced disease, high risks, chronic health problems, or worsening medical complications. We are highly experienced in managing GI cancers with advanced techniques.

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We Take Over Where the Textbook Ends

Not uncommonly, GI cancer patients must deal with multiple medical issues at the same time. Complexity happens. How to deal with it is rarely spelled out in textbooks or treatment protocols.

Managing complex cases is our strength. In large part, this is because we work side-by-side with top clinicians and surgeons in other Temple specialties such as cardiology, pulmonology, critical care, and neurology. Our tight integration with these other specialists makes it easier for us to find solutions that best match each patient's needs for even the most complicated cases.

We Harness the Latest Cancer Treatments

Temple cancer specialists were among the first in the region to treat GI cancer with minimally invasive laparoscopic and endoscopic treatments. Our surgeons routinely perform technically challenging procedures that allow patients to avoid standard surgeries and achieve the best possible outcomes. Our specialists also employ all the latest chemotherapy and combination drug regimens, cancer-targeted biological agents, advanced imaging and biomarker tests, and novel forms of cancer radiotherapy and radiosurgery.

Our Powerful Targeted Technologies and Broad Multispecialty Resources

Temple patients benefit from one of the area's most sophisticated collections of technology for diagnosing and treating GI cancers. Our location within Temple University Hospital also ensures access to the unique resources of a major tertiary care hospital.