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Gastrointestinal Cancer Prevention Clinic

Northwestern's Gastrointestinal Cancer Prevention Clinic specializes in the prevention, early detection and diagnosis of gastrointestinal cancers.

Our services include:

  • Genetic testing
  • Screening
  • Therapeutic endoscopy
  • Imaging
  • Gastrointestinal surgery
  • Psychological and nutrition counseling by a team of gastroenterologists, radiologists, pathologists, surgeons, nurses, clinical psychologists and nutritionists

Contact Us

The Gastrointestinal Cancer Prevention Clinic is located on the 17th floor of the Galter Pavilion. Call us at 312-695-5620 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Referring Physicians

Our specialists work in partnership with referring physicians to provide the most advanced and comprehensive care available. To refer your patient to the Gastrointestinal Cancer Prevention Clinic, please call 312-695-5620. NM physicians may use Epic Referral, using referral name GASTRO REFERRAL CANCER RISK.

Family Histories & Inherited Syndromes

If you or a relative have had more than one type of cancer (including GI cancer) or pre-cancerous conditions such as GI polyps, gastrointestinal cancer may run in your family. If you have a BRCA2 mutation and a family history of pancreatic cancer, you may benefit from screening for pancreatic cancer.

In these cases, we recommend you schedule a visit to see our specialists, who will help you develop a personalized program to protect your health, including screening recommendations. This may involve a referral to test for genes that increase susceptibility to gastrointestinal cancer, endoscopic screening such as a colonoscopy or upper endoscopy to help find cancer early or prevent it from occurring and blood tests or x-rays to provide additional information.

In order to advance our understanding of hereditary GI cancers, our High Risk Gastrointestinal Cancer Registry collects information about patients and their family members who have had GI or related cancers or are at risk of developing GI cancer. Our tissue banks stores samples collected during medical procedures such as biopsies or blood test that were not needed for diagnosis or treatment. With the patient's written consent, samples are banked and used to study disease and find better ways to diagnose, prevent and treat hereditary gastrointestinal cancer in the future.

Browse the list below to learn about some of the inherited syndromes that increase gastrointestinal cancer risk:

 Hereditary Non-Polyposis Colorectal Cancer (HNPCC)

Also known as Lynch Syndrome, HNPCC is an inherited tendency to develop colorectal, endometrial (uterine) and other cancers. Inherited conditions are passed to an individual through their blood relatives. Although most cancers are not inherited, about 5 percent of people who have colorectal or endometrial cancer have HNPCC.

 Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP)

FAP is a genetic condition where affected individuals develop hundreds to thousands of polyps (abnormal, mushroom-like growths) throughout their GI tract beginning at a young age (usually as a teenager or young adult). These polyps are usually found in the large intestine (colon and rectum), but they can develop in the stomach and small intestine as well.

 Peutz-Jeghers Syndrome (PJS)

PJS is a rare condition that tends to run in families. It is caused by a change in a gene that increases the risk for developing colon and other cancers. People with PJS develop polyps (growths) in the gastrointestinal tract.

 Juvenile Polyposis Syndrome (JPS)

JPS is a hereditary condition that is characterized by the presence of noncancerous polyps (growths) in the digestive tract. The term juvenile polyposis refers to the type of polyp (juvenile polyp) that is found after it is examined under a microscope, rather than the age at which people are diagnosed with JPS.

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