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Gastrointestinal Cancer Prevention Program

The Gastrointestinal Cancer Prevention Program offers a personalized approach to cancer risk assessment, screening, and prevention for people who have a high risk of developing most types of gastrointestinal cancer (colon, small intestine, stomach, pancreas, and esophagus).

You may be at high risk if you have:

  • A strong family history (two or more close relatives on the same side of the family with a GI cancer, especially if cancer was diagnosed before the age of 50), OR
  • Had a GI cancer before the age of 50, OR
  • Had more than one primary cancer, one of which was a GI cancer, at any age, OR
  • Had a pre-cancerous GI polyp before age 40, OR
  • Had more than 10 pre-cancerous GI polyps at any age.

During your visit to this program, you will meet with a team of gastrointestinal specialists, including a gastroenterologist with special expertise in high-risk patients, a genetic counselor, a medical geneticist, a nutritionist, and (when needed) a gynecologic oncologist. This team helps develop a comprehensive, personalized program to try to prevent cancer from occurring and increase the likelihood of detecting cancer early, if it should occur.

Components of this plan may include screening by physical exam and imaging (colonoscopy, upper endoscopy, endoscopic ultrasound), risk-reducing surgery, chemo-prevention (taking medicine to prevent cancer), and other new technologies or developments.

Interested patients may receive contact information for research studies for which they are eligible.

Patients also receive information about heredity and non-hereditary GI cancer risk factors and strategies for risk reduction.

You will receive a:

  • Comprehensive review of your risk factors for developing a GI cancer
  • Review of your medical records
  • Review of cancer-related medical records from other family members, as needed
  • Targeted physical exam
  • Review of multiple ways to lower your GI cancer risk
  • Personalized cancer prevention plan
  • Preview of research studies for cancer screening or prevention for which you are eligible
  • Comprehensive letter summarizing your visit.

Contact Information

Gastrointestinal Cancer Prevention Program
(206) 288-SCCA (7222)

The clinic meets once a month, on the fourth Monday morning of each month, from 8 a.m. to noon at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance’s 4th floor.


Gastrointestinal Cancer Prevention Physicians