Gastrointestinal cancers are malignancies (abnormal and uncontrolled tissue growth) that occur anywhere along the digestive tract or in accessory organs associated with digestion.
As a leader in the diagnosis, treatment and research of such cancers, City of Hope’s Gastrointestinal Oncology Program takes a multidisciplinary approach to provide outstanding care for patients with:
What Makes Our Program Unique
At City of Hope, our team of health care professionals work collaboratively to ensure that patients are getting the best treatments for optimal outcomes. This includes:
As one of a handful of institutes to attain the elite designation of Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute, City of Hope is acknowledged as a leader in research and treatment of gastrointestinal cancers. With our decades of experience, specialized therapy protocols and extensive program of clinical trials, newly diagnosed or relapsed patients can find a treatment regimen that is tailored to their needs and gives them the best chance for survival. U.S. News & World Report also named City of Hope as one of the top cancer hospitals in the country.
Care Team

City of Hope’s renowned physicians and researchers utilize the latest in technology and innovation to treat cancer, coupled with our enduring belief in providing unparalleled compassionate care. If you have been diagnosed with gastrointestinal carcinoid tumors or are looking for a second opinion consultation about your treatment, request an appointment online or contact us at 800-826-HOPE. Please visit Making Your First Appointment for more information.

Kevin G. Chan, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Urology and Urologic Oncology
Yi-Jen Chen, M.D., Ph.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Radiation Oncology
Vincent Chung, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Medical Oncology
Donald S. David, M.D., F.A.C.G.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Gastroenterology
Marwan G. Fakih, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Medical Oncology
Jonathan Kessler, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Interventional Radiology
Lily Lai, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Surgical Oncology
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Dheeraj Lal, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Gastroenterology
Lucille A Leong, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Medical Oncology
  • Hematology
Dean W. Lim, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Medical Oncology
James L Lin, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Gastroenterology
Laleh Melstrom, M.D.,M.S., F.A.C.S.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Hepato-Pancreato-Billiary (HPB) Surgery
  • Surgical Oncology
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Stephen M. Sentovich, M.D., MBA

Clinical Specialties:

  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
Vijay Trisal, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Surgical Oncology
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Yanghee Woo, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Surgical Oncology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Robotic Surgery

Tests & Treatments

Every patient is different, with different needs. City of Hope treats you as a valued individual. Our entire team works together to bring you precise, state-of-the-art surgical, chemotherapy, radiation, hormone and other options that will deliver the best outcome for you. We support you every step of the way, both during treatment and long after, helping you and your loved ones manage your recovery.

Learn more about symptoms, diagnosis, risk factors and treatment options of specific gastrointestinal cancers by visiting our program pages below:

Clinical Trials

At City of Hope, we offer access to drug, surgical and other clinical trials aimed at improving survival rates and enhancing quality of life. Browse through some of our clinical trials and research projects below:


When you come to City of Hope, you automatically gain access to an unparalleled array of support services to help you and your family cope with each challenge in your stomach cancer diagnosis and treatment. We can help with all of these concerns, and more:

  • Poor appetite and trouble eating/drinking
  • Managing pain, fatigue, nausea
  • Adjusting to new diet and lifestyle habits
  • Your emotional, social and spiritual well-being
  • Palliative care
  • Staying healthy and active
  • Healthy cooking and eating
  • Healing arts
  • Caregiver skills
  • Dealing with family stress
  • Navigating the health care system

Learn more about these resources at our Living with Cancer or Supportive Care Medicine sites.

Support the Gastrointestinal Cancers Program

It takes the help of a lot of caring people to make hope a reality for our patients. City of Hope was founded by individuals' philanthropic efforts more than 100 years ago. Their efforts − and those of our supporters today − have built the foundation for the care we provide and the research we conduct. It enables us to strive for new breakthroughs and better therapies − helping more people enjoy longer, better lives.

For more information on supporting this specific program, please contact us below.

Joe Komsky
Senior Development Officer
Phone: 626-218-6291
Email: [email protected]

Or, you can make a gift to support all the research at City of Hope by donating online.

An Expert's Voice

City of Hope experts cover prevention, screening, treatment and other cancer topics on City of Hope’s Breakthrough’s blog.

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