BOSTON – Tufts Medical Center announced today the establishment of the Center for Hereditary Gastrointestinal Cancer, an innovative clinical program fabricated to diagnose, treat and educate patients with a personal or familial history of stomach, colon and other gastrointestinal cancers. Certain cancer syndromes such as Lynch syndrome, Familial Adenomatous Polyposis, MYH-Associated Polyposis, Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer syndrome, Peutz-Jeghers syndrome and Juvenile Polyposis syndrome are common hereditary gastrointestinal cancers, and identifying a genetic predisposition to these cancer types is essential in risk reduction.
“The Center for Hereditary Gastrointestinal Cancer is a multidisciplinary clinic that allows the patient to learn more about their risks for developing cancer while also learning about optimal screening methods for cancer prevention – all in one place,” said Sarah Cochrane, MS, Genetic Counselor at Tufts Medical Center. “The combination of genetics and gastroenterology expertise by the clinicians at the Center allows the patient to get all of their questions answered in one visit – streamlining patient care and making things more convenient for the patient.”
The Center for Hereditary Gastrointestinal Cancer is home to a team led by Sarah and a gastroenterology physician, Jatin Roper, MD, who has strong expertise in hereditary GI cancers. In addition, patients have access to gastrointestinal pathologists, colorectal surgeons, medical oncologists, surgical oncologists and have the opportunity to participate in research studies and clinical trials.