Experts in GI Cancer

Stanford's Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer Program doctors understand that there is no such thing as a simple cancer. With an unparalleled depth of knowledge, access to innovative research and technology, and a caring and compassionate approach, our doctors provide each patient with a comprehensive multi-specialty evaluation and personalized path to the most effective treatment.

Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer Program
875 Blake Wilbur Drive
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Phone: 650-498-6000 Getting Here
Maps & Directions
875 Blake Wilbur Drive
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Phone: 650-498-6000 Getting Here

Our Doctors

Care and Treatment of Gastrointestinal Cancers

Multidisciplinary Clinics and Tumor Boards 

The centerpiece of the Stanford Cancer Center is the tumor boards and multidisciplinary clinics where specialists from Surgery, Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Radiology, and Pathology evaluate and discuss patients for whom a multispecialty approach is being considered. The multidisciplinary group will collectively design the best course of action for each patient.

Gastrointestinal Cancer Tumor Board

The Stanford Gastrointestinal (GI) Oncology Program thinks that there are no "simple" GI cancers. Each newly diagnosed patient deserves the expertise that only a multi-specialty team of specialists can bring to bear. The best time to cure a cancer is the first time.

GI and Liver Tumor Boards are held weekly for newly diagnosed patients with GI cancers who might benefit from multi-specialty consultation. Anyone with localized pancreatic cancer, gastric cancer, or rectal cancer may bring their family or close friends to a tumor board appointment where the entire GI Cancer Tumor Board reviews their medical history, pathology, and radiographic studies followed by a face-to-face discussion and consultation with the cancer surgeon, the medical oncologist, and the radiation oncologist.

The advantage of meeting all relevant subspecialists to address patient and family questions and concerns is a unique feature of the tumor boards and an immense source of satisfaction for patients and their families.

Clinical Trials

Current research

The Stanford team is currently conducting trials of targeted agents in gastroesophageal, colorectal, pancreatic, GIST, and neuroendocrine tumors.

For patients with early stage pancreatic cancer, a Phase III trial is testing a novel vaccine in combination with standard chemotherapy or chemoradiation.

Recent GI cancer research breakthroughs

Stanford doctors conducted several of the key trials that led to the widespread use of targeted therapies for GI cancers, including angiogenesis inhibitors for colorectal, neuroendocrine, and hepatocellular cancer and epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) inhibitors that are now routinely used in colorectal cancers.

Clinical trials

The Stanford Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer Program always has new clinical trials beginning. Before beginning treatment, ask your doctor about any clinical trials you should consider. Learn more about clinical trials for cancer patients.

Clinical trial eligibility flowcharts

Eligibility flowcharts map clinical trials to specific types of cancers to determine if a participant is eligible for the particular clinical trial. View all gastrointestinal cancer eligibility flowcharts at the Stanford Cancer Institute.

For Patients


Review the New Patient Packet for information about:

  • What to expect on the day of your appointment
  • Maps, directions, parking, public transit options, and contact information
  • Other patient resources

Bring completed forms found in the GI Cancer New Patient Letter.


Please fax the Medical Record Release Form to your new patient coordinator. The medical release form is an authorization form for external facilities to release medical records to Stanford Health Care (formerly Stanford Hospital & Clinics). 

International Patients
Phone: +1 650-723-8561

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For Health Care Professionals


Phone: 1-866-742-4811
Fax: 650-320-9443
Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Stanford Health Care (formerly Stanford Hospital & Clinics) provides comprehensive services to refer and track patients, as well as provides the latest information and news for physicians and office staff. For help with all referral needs and questions visit Referring Physicians.


Fax a referral form with supporting documentation to 650-320-9443.

Please note, though this form is from Stanford Health Care (formerly Stanford Hospital & Clinics), it is also used for all Cancer Center referrals.

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