The Gastrointestinal Cancer Prevention Program offers a personalized approach to cancer risk assessment, screening and prevention for people at high risk for several types of gastrointestinal (GI) cancer, including:
Who is at high risk for gastrointestinal cancer?
You may be at high risk if any of these is true:
- You have a strong family history of GI cancer (two or more close relatives on the same side of the family with a GI cancer, especially if the cancer was diagnosed before age 50).
- You had a GI cancer before age 50.
- You have had more than one primary cancer, one of which was a GI cancer, at any age.
- You had a pre-cancerous GI polyp before age 40.
- You had more than 10 pre-cancerous GI polyps at any age.
What happens at an appointment?
During your visit to the Gastrointestinal Cancer Prevention Program, you will meet with a team of Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) gastrointestinal specialists, including:
- Gastroenterologist with special expertise in high-risk patients
- Genetic counselor
- Medical geneticist
- When needed, a gynecologic oncologist
Your team helps develop a comprehensive, personalized program to:
- Prevent cancer from occurring.
- Increase the chance of detecting cancer early, if it does occur.
You will receive:
- Comprehensive review of your risk factors for GI cancer
- Review of your medical records
- Review of cancer-related medical records from other family members, as needed
- Targeted physical exam
- Strategies to lower your GI cancer risk
- Personalized cancer prevention plan
- Preview of research studies for cancer screening or prevention for which you are eligible and contact information if you are interested
- Comprehensive letter summarizing your visit
What might my team recommend?
Components of your personalized prevention plan may include:
- Screening by physical exam and imaging (colonoscopy, upper endoscopy or endoscopic ultrasound)
- Risk-reducing surgery
- Medicine to prevent cancer (chemo-prevention)
- Other new technologies or developments
Request an appointment
Call (206) 606-6100 to request an appointment with the Gastrointestinal Cancer Prevention Program.
Visits are offered 8 am-12 pm on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at the SCCA Wellness Center.