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Biomedicines 2018, 6(2), 64; https://doi.org/10.3390/biomedicines6020064

Frontiers in Gastrointestinal Oncology: Advances in Multi-Disciplinary Patient Care

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Division of Hematology-Oncology, Department of Medicine, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Experimental Therapeutics Program, Penn State Cancer Institute, The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Hershey, PA 17033, USA
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Population Sciences Program, Penn State Cancer Institute, Department of Public Health Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Hershey, PA 17033, USA
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Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Medicine, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Hershey, PA 17033, USA
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Division of General Surgery and Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Hershey, PA 17033, USA
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Department of Radiology, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Hershey, PA 17033, USA
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Department of Radiology, Medicine, and Pediatrics, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Hershey, PA 17033, USA
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Department of Medicine, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State Cancer Institute, The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Hershey, PA 17033, USA
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Center Stage Arts in Health, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Department of Humanities, The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Hershey, PA 17033, USA
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College of Liberal Arts, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA 16801, USA
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Received: 25 April 2018 / Revised: 9 May 2018 / Accepted: 11 May 2018 / Published: 1 June 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cancer Biomarkers and Targets in Digestive Organs)
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Cancers of the digestive system remain highly lethal; therefore, the care of patients with malignant diseases of the digestive tract requires the expertise of providers from multiple health disciplines. Progress has been made to advance the understanding of epidemiology and genetics, diagnostic and screening evaluation, treatment modalities, and supportive care for patients with gastrointestinal cancers. At the Multi-Disciplinary Patient Care in Gastrointestinal Oncology conference at the Hershey Country Club in Hershey, Pennsylvania on 29 September 2017, the faculty members of the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center presented a variety of topics that focused on this oncological specialty. In this continuing medical education-certified conference, updates on the population sciences including health disparities and resistance training were presented. Progress made in various diagnostic evaluation and screening procedures was outlined. New developments in therapeutic modalities in surgical, radiation, and medical oncology were discussed. Cancer genetic testing and counseling and the supportive roles of music and arts in health and cancer were demonstrated. In summary, this disease-focused medical conference highlighted the new frontiers in gastrointestinal oncology, and showcase the multi-disciplinary care provided at the Penn State Cancer Institute. View Full-Text
Keywords: gastrointestinal oncology; pancreatic carcinoma; hepatocellular carcinoma; biliary tract carcinoma; gastric carcinoma; colorectal carcinoma; stereotactic body radiation therapy; liver transplant; targeted therapy; psychosocial support gastrointestinal oncology; pancreatic carcinoma; hepatocellular carcinoma; biliary tract carcinoma; gastric carcinoma; colorectal carcinoma; stereotactic body radiation therapy; liver transplant; targeted therapy; psychosocial support
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Yee, N.S.; Lengerich, E.J.; Schmitz, K.H.; Maranki, J.L.; Gusani, N.J.; Tchelebi, L.; Mackley, H.B.; Krok, K.L.; Baker, M.J.; Boer, C.D.; Yee, J.D. Frontiers in Gastrointestinal Oncology: Advances in Multi-Disciplinary Patient Care. Biomedicines 2018, 6, 64.

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