Gastrointestinal Cancer Care

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Let's Beat Cancer Together

The Center for Hepatobiliary and Gastrointestinal Surgical Oncology at Monmouth Medical Center represents a collaboration between RWJBH’s Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, led by Richard Alexander, M.D., Chief Surgical Officer, and Monmouth Medical Center.

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The center’s professional staff is internationally recognized for leadership and expertise in surgical and multidisciplinary treatment of hepatobiliary (HPB) and gastrointestinal (GI) diseases. Our approach to cancer care is built on a foundation of values that we share in caring for our patients; compassion, communication, respect, teamwork, and a commitment to providing patients with timely, thoughtful, exceptional surgical care in the context of a multidisciplinary treatment plan. To that end, we value partnerships with other physicians who are invested in the patient’s cancer treatment.

GI cancer is a term for the group of cancers that affect the digestive system. This includes cancers of the esophagus, gallbladder, liver, pancreas, stomach, small intestine, bowel (large intestine or colon and rectum) and anus.

According to the American Cancer Society, taken as a whole, GI cancers have the highest incidence and are the second leading cause of cancer death (after lung cancer) in the United States. At Monmouth Medical Center, the Center for Hepatobiliary and Gastrointestinal Surgical Oncology offers timely, comprehensive, state-of-the-science evaluation and clinical service for individuals with cancer of the liver, pancreas, and upper and lower gastrointestinal tract.

Surgery is the standard from which all other modalities of therapy have evolved and can also have an important role in diagnosing and staging GI cancer. The surgical treatment of cancer requires highly skilled surgeons whose expertise spans the spectrum of specialized care. The expert surgeons at the Center for Hepatobiliary and Gastrointestinal Surgical Oncology are skilled in the most sophisticated surgical techniques, including such state-of-the art minimally invasive procedures as laparoscopic and robotic-assisted surgery. They provide interdisciplinary diagnostic and treatment options that include prevention in high risk populations, early diagnosis, therapeutic evaluations, multidisciplinary management of patients with cancer and pre-cancerous conditions, and treatment of advanced disease.

Assessment

High Risk Colon Cancer Assessment Clinic offers high-risk colorectal patients “one-stop” assessment services. During an afternoon appointment at one convenient location, patients meet with the registry’s coordinator to document a medical history and to prepare family pedigrees. They also undergo appropriate testing and meet with genetic counselors and geneticists. Anyone with an inherited colorectal cancer syndrome is considered to be at risk and can access the clinic’s services. For more information, contact:

Sherry Campbell Grumet, MA, MS
Certified Genetic Counselor
High Risk Cancer Assessment Program
Familial Colorectal Cancer Registry Program
300 Second Ave, BBR4
Long Branch, NJ 07740
Phone: 732-923-6711
Fax: 732-923-7449

For more information regarding our GI program, contact:

Laura Gallo
GI Center Coordinator
Familial Colorectal Cancer Registry Program
Email: laura.gallo@rwjbh.org
Phone: 732-923-6509
Fax: 732-923-6577