Gastrointestinal Cancer Genetics Program
Welcome to the University of Pennsylvania Gastrointestinal Cancer Genetics Program.
The goal of our program is to provide comprehensive care for patients who have, or are at risk of having, a hereditary gastrointestinal cancer or polyposis syndrome. For these patients, our program offers cancer risk evaluation, genetic counseling, genetic testing, and longitudinal follow-up by a dedicated team of experts in the field. Our Gastrointestinal Cancer Genetics Program consists of two primary programs:
There are many ways in which the Gastrointestinal Cancer Genetics Program may benefit patients:
Are you concerned that you are at increased risk for gastrointestinal cancer (including colon, pancreatic, and/or gastric cancer) or polyposis based on your personal and/or family history?
If so, our Gastrointestinal Cancer Risk Evaluation Program (GI-CREP) may be the right program for you. This program is designed to evaluate patients who may be at risk of having a hereditary gastrointestinal cancer or polyposis syndrome. Through a combined appointment with a physician specializing in the field of gastrointestinal cancer genetics as well as a certified genetic counselor from the Abramson Cancer Center, you will undergo a comprehensive evaluation of your personal and family medical history. If appropriate, genetic testing options will be discussed and offered as well. At the completion of your evaluation, we will provide an expert assessment of your gastrointestinal cancer risk, as well as a plan for managing your risk.
Do you already have a diagnosis of a hereditary gastrointestinal cancer or polyposis syndrome and want to establish longitudinal follow-up with an expert physician who specializes in these syndromes?
If so, we have physicians in the Gastrointestinal Cancer Genetics Clinic who are dedicated to providing personalized, compassionate and expert care for those with a hereditary gastrointestinal cancer or polyposis syndrome. Through our Gastrointestinal Cancer Genetics Clinic, patients receive counseling on the most current options for managing their gastrointestinal cancer risk by expert physicians on the cutting edge of the field. In addition to medical management recommendations, patients can also obtain screening/surveillance tests and procedures, and can also be connected to a broad range of Penn Medicine specialists, including colorectal surgeons and medical oncologists.
There are many other features of our Gastrointestinal Cancer Genetic Program that you may be interested in learning more about:
Our Team. Our Gastrointestinal Cancer Genetics Program is made up of a multi-disciplinary group of physicians, genetic counselors, research staff, and administrators.
Members of our team are involved in many national societies dedicated to advancing patient care in the fields of gastrointestinal cancer and gastrointestinal cancer genetics:
- American Gastroenterological Association
- American Association for Cancer Research
- Collaborative Group of the Americas on Inherited Colorectal Cancer
- National Society of Genetic Counselors
Gastrointestinal Cancer and Polyposis Registry. This is a voluntary research registry that enrolls patients seen in the Gastrointestinal Cancer Genetics Program. The goal of this registry is to better understand, diagnose, treat, and prevent cancer development in hereditary gastrointestinal cancer and polyposis syndromes.
Clinical Trials. The Gastrointestinal Cancer Genetics Program is involved in local and national clinical trials that our patients may be eligible to participate in.
Research and Publications. Members of the Gastrointestinal Cancer Genetic Program are involved in research related to gastrointestinal cancer and gastrointestinal cancer genetics.
Multidisciplinary Case Review. Our team members participate in a weekly, multidisciplinary conference with other Penn Medicine cancer genetics specialists for collaborative case discussion.