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GI Cancer Center, Philadelphia

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The clinicians at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) GI Center in Philadelphia are committed to offering state-of-the-art treatments for patients with gastrointestinal cancers. Our multidisciplinary team of board-certified medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons and supportive care clinicians work with our patients to deliver quality clinical care with a patient-centered approach. After your diagnosis, your care team will discuss your options with you and help you develop a personalized care plan tailored to your individual needs.

Our doctors are trained and experienced at treating the wide range of gastrointestinal diseases, including esophageal, gastric, pancreatic, liver and colon cancers. The team also treats cancers that have metastasized to the GI tract, such as lung or breast cancer. Treatments for most gastrointestinal diseases include chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, targeted therapy or immunotherapy, either alone or in combination.

The surgeons at the CTCA® GI Center in Philadelphia have expertise in standard-of-care and advanced treatment procedures, including a surgical technique called irreversible electroporation, which is used to treat certain pancreatic cancers that can't be removed with surgery. Irreversible electroporation is designed to use electric pulses to destroy cancer cells without damaging healthy tissue. For patients with early-stage esophageal cancer or non-cancerous polyps in the intestines, our gastroenterologists combine state-of-the-art technologies with non-surgical techniques, such as endoscopic mucosal resection, to remove abnormal tissue. They also use a wide range of tools, such as endoscopic ultrasound with fine needle biopsy and radiofrequency ablation, to treat esophageal, pancreatic, bile duct and colon cancers.

Our GI Cancer Center doctors

Raman Battish - Medical Director of Gastroenterology

Raman Battish

Medical Director of Gastroenterology, CTCA Philadelphia

Ankur Parikh - CTCA Medical Director of Precision Medicine

Ankur Parikh

CTCA Precision Medicine Program Director

Arturo Loaiza-Bonilla - Vice Chair, CTCA Department of Medical Oncology

Arturo Loaiza-Bonilla

Gastrointestinal Program Director and Medical Director of Clinical Research

Curt Heese - Radiation Oncologist

Curt J. Heese

Radiation Oncologist, CTCA Philadelphia

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U.S. News & World Report names CTCA Philadelphia high-performing hospital for colon cancer surgery

Each year, U.S. New & World Report evaluates the performance of nearly 4,400 hospitals nationwide in colon cancer surgery using data on patient survival, nurse staffing, volume and more. Hospitals receive one of three ratings: high-performing, average or below-average.

For 2020-21, CTCA Philadelphia received the highest possible ranking for colon cancer surgery, named a “high-performing” hospital in this category.

A comprehensive team approach

Our GI Center team is committed to a multidisciplinary approach to care. After diagnosis, each patient is evaluated by a gastroenterologist, a medical oncologist and a team of doctors and supportive care clinicians, who consult with one another on the range of treatment options and side-effect management tools available. Then, the doctors and clinicians work with the patient as a team, to develop a treatment plan designed to achieve pre-established goals.

This collaborative, personalized approach allows us flexibility along the treatment journey, while also fostering an environment where experts in a variety of disciplines work together, all under one roof. New options may arise – or different goals may be proposed – during the course of treatment. We monitor the patient throughout treatment and adjust the care plan as needed.

Quality of life

Because of the digestive tract’s role in processing food and waste, many patients with gastrointestinal disease have difficulty with digestive function. That’s why nutrition therapy is a key component of our team’s approach. We have a dedicated clinical dietitian on staff to work with patients in developing a healthy, balanced and appetizing nutrition plan. If patients become malnourished, our dietitian is also available to help them establish healthy lifestyle and eating habits to help improve their condition.

The GI Cancer Center team also works closely with other supportive care clinicians to manage additional disease- and treatment-related side effects, such as nausea and vomiting. These supportive care experts may include a pain management physician, naturopathic support provider and spiritual support provider.

GI Cancer Clinical Trials

Our oncologists are committed to improving treatment options for gastrointestinal cancer patients. As part of that commitment, we offer qualified patients carefully selected clinical trials in studying new treatment approaches like immunotherapy for pancreatic cancer and other innovative research.

Although clinical trials are not available to all patients, they may offer some patients options that would otherwise be unavailable to them. Your care team will discuss whether you qualify for any of our ongoing clinical trials, and if so, help you enroll.

Learn more about the CTCA clinical trial program and which trials are available

Where we are located

CTCA Philadelphia

GI Cancer Center
1331 E. Wyoming Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19124

New Patients:888-552-6760
Existing Patients:(215) 607-CTCA

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