Gastrointestinal Cancer

You are at the center of everything we do at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center. Here, we surround you with a team of specialists who work together closely to provide expertly targeted, complete care and compassionate support throughout your treatment and beyond.

We guide you every step of the way, combining our deep clinical expertise in gastrointestinal (GI) diseases with a commitment to meet your unique needs.

Why Choose Fred Hutch?

GI Cancer Experts

At Fred Hutch, you will receive state-of-the-art care from some of the world’s leading physicians, including gastroenterologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and surgeons who focus exclusively on treating GI cancers and nothing else.

Comprehensive Treatment Options

Cancer treatment is changing rapidly, and Fred Hutch offers the latest and best treatments, including chemotherapy regimens that are easier to tolerate and surgical procedures that are less invasive.

GI Cancer Clinical Trials

We unite the leading researchers and cancer specialists of Fred Hutch and UW Medicine so you can take part in clinical studies of GI diseases not available everywhere.

Where You're Treated First Matters Most

Studies have shown that patients evaluated and treated at a multidisciplinary cancer center, like Fred Hutch, have better outcomes — and that the first treatment you receive for cancer is by far the most important. Patients who begin treatment at Fred Hutch often have better outcomes than those who started treatment elsewhere.

A National Leader in Cancer Care

Fred Hutch is the leading cancer treatment center in the region and among the top nationally, according to U.S. News & World Report.

NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center

We are a comprehensive cancer center, a designation from the National Cancer Institute that reflects our scientific leadership and the depth and breadth of our research to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.

Gastrointestinal Diseases We Treat

Fred Hutch physicians are experts in treating all GI cancers, from the most common to the rarest, including:

Second Opinions

If you’ve been diagnosed with gastrointestinal (GI) cancer, we recommend getting a second opinion before choosing where you’ll be treated. 

Though you can benefit from a second opinion at any point during your care, it is most valuable when you are first diagnosed and have the widest array of treatment options. 

Talk with GI cancer experts who understand your disease in greater depth than the general oncologists in your local community.

How a Second Opinion Can Help

Getting a second opinion from doctors who specialize in gastrointestinal cancers can help you:

Feel Confident That Your Cancer Has Been Accurately Diagnosed and Staged

Pathologists, radiologists and gastroenterologists from Fred Hutch are experts in diagnosing GI cancers and have access to the latest technologies to help ensure we know as much about your cancer as possible.

Consider State-Of-The-Art Treatment Options

A second opinion may identify more advanced or more aggressive options, including minimally invasive surgeries, clinical studies of new medicines or treatment approaches and advanced radiation technologies.

Understand the Benefits of Specialized, Multidisciplinary Care

The team of GI cancer specialists from Fred Hutch offers in-depth understanding of the full spectrum of treatments. We have first-hand knowledge of current research and a wealth of treatment experience.

Start with a Course of Therapy Tailored to You

We focus on you, not just your cancer, when developing a treatment plan. We consider your goals, plans, beliefs, values and preferences to design your treatment holistically.

Learn Whether Genetics Play a Role

Your genetic make-up may have played a role in the development of your cancer, and it might impact your treatment. Depending on our findings, you and your family may benefit from Fred Hutch’s Gastrointestinal Cancer Prevention Program.

Request a Second Opinion

We recognize that GI cancer is serious. Getting a second opinion does not have to delay the start of your treatment. We aim to see you within one week. Call to request a second opinion with an Fred Hutch physician.

To request a second opinion, call 855.557.0555.

Gastrointestinal Cancer Care Team

At Fred Hutch, you receive care from a team of providers with extensive experience in your disease. Your team includes physicians, a patient care coordinator, a registered nurse, an advanced practice provider and others, based on your needs. You also have access to experts like nutritionists, social workers, acupuncturists, psychiatrists and more who specialize in supporting people with cancer or blood disorders.

Care Team

Prevention for Gastrointestinal Cancer

The Fred Hutch Gastrointestinal Cancer Prevention Program offers a personalized approach to cancer risk assessment, screening and prevention for people at high risk for several types of gastrointestinal cancer, including:

  • Colon cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Small intestine cancer
  • Stomach cancer
More About Prevention

Latest Treatments and Clinical Trials

We unite the leading researchers and cancer specialists of Fred Hutch and UW Medicine so you can take part in clinical studies of GI diseases not available everywhere.

Many patients at Fred Hutch receive promising therapies by taking part in clinical trials. These research studies are done by physician-scientists from Fred Hutch and UW Medicine. They test new treatments or new ways to use current treatments.

Every advance in cancer treatment in recent years has come out of clinical trials. We offer more active clinical trials than anywhere else, which means more treatment options for patients like you.

For some people, taking part in a clinical study may be the best treatment choice. Access to clinical studies by researchers at Fred Hutch and UW Medicine is one reason many patients come to us for care. 

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