Regular endoscopic screening is one of the most important tools we
have to help find GI cancer early or prevent it from occurring. We
frequently discover and remove pre-cancerous growths during regularly
scheduled colonoscopies and other endoscopic procedures. These are
minimally invasive and allow for rapid recovery. In addition to the
latest endoscopic procedures, our program offers:
Risk assessment for GI cancers, including recommendations for
genetic counseling and testing if necessary
Management of high risk and complex
Close follow-up and surveillance of patients with
conditions which increase the risk of GI cancer
Procedures offered through the GI Cancer Prevention Program include:
If you have a condition which increases your risk of GI cancer, it is
very important to work with a doctor to develop a plan of care to help
reduce your risk.
How do I know if I am at risk of developing GI cancer?
A risk factor is anything that increases your chance of developing a
disease. Different diseases, including GI cancers, have different risk
Personal health history (e.g. many, large or advanced colon
Family health history (including history of cancers,
and/or genetic syndromes that increase cancer risk)
Although these factors can increase a person's risk, they do not
always lead to the disease. Some people with one or more risk factors
never develop the disease, while others develop disease and have no
known risk factors.
Knowing your risk factors can help you make informed decisions about
your health, including changing behaviors and working with your doctor
to be properly monitored.
What if a pre-cancerous growth or cancer is discovered?
If a pre-cancerous or suspected pre-cancerous growth(s) is found
during a colonoscopy or endoscopic procedure, it is typically removed
during the procedure (e.g. polypectomy or endoscopic mucosal
resection) and sent to a laboratory for further testing. If cancer is
diagnosed, we work closely with the Stanford
GI Cancer Program as well as the Cancer
Genetics Program to ensure the best possible treatment and
follow-up care plan.
How do I know if I need genetic testing?
Your personal as well as family health history can increase your
risk of developing a GI cancer. If your family has a history of
certain types of cancers, genetic testing and counseling may be
appropriate. Specific features of some tumors may also be used to
identify persons who could benefits from cancer genetics evaluation.
Our team works closely with the Cancer
Genetics Program to help patients who are at a higher risk due
to their family history.
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.
HOW TO REFER
Fax a referral form with supporting documentation to
Track your patients' progress and communicate with Stanford providers