The esophageal and gastric cancer program offers evaluation and therapy for patients with cancers of the esophagogastric area. The division surgeons work in close collaboration with the gastroenterologists and the oncologists from the University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center. These physicians have provided improved patient care by a multimodality approach to the patient with cancer. This includes the complex diagnostic utilizing endoscopy, endoscopic ultrasound, radiologic diagnostic evaluation and nutrition evaluation and support. The surgical division has pioneered the field of nutritional support for gastrointestinal cancer patients, which is crucial to the successful treatment plan for recovery.
A multidisciplinary approach utilizes specialists from gastroenterology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgery, radiology, pathology and the nutrition service. The resources of the University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center (approved and designated by the National Cancer Institute as a comprehensive cancer center) provide access to new therapies through a wide range of clinical protocols. Nationally recognized physicians in the treatment and management of gastrointestinal cancer are available to provide a team approach to therapy.
The surgical division has pioneered multimodality methods of treatment and post-operative care which are now applied nation-wide. Current management modalities include application of laparoscopic procedures where indicated. These include laparoscopy both in the diagnostic staging and therapy.