Gastrointestinal Cancer Treatment

The centralized Perlmutter Cancer Center provides a nurturing, supportive environment in which our team of surgical oncologists, radiologists, medical and radiation oncologists, gastroenterologists, and pathologists communicate and collaborate, considering your unique health circumstances and cancer stage to create a personalized cancer care plan. Depending on the type and stage of your cancer, you may receive one or a combination of several approaches: 

  • surgery to remove the tumor and nearby affected tissues, with an emphasis on techniques that preserve function and quality of life
  • chemotherapy, given before surgery to shrink the tumor or afterward to kill additional cancer cells
  • radiation therapy (the delivery of finely focused beams of radiation to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors)

Our physicians will work with your primary care doctor to assure continuity of your care, with immediate feedback on your initial evaluation and continual updates on your progress.

Colorectal Surgery

Perlmutter Cancer Center colorectal cancer surgeons are committed to helping you maintain as normal a lifestyle as possible following surgery. If you are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, our surgeons make every attempt to preserve the anal sphincter and avoid the need for a permanent colostomy. Most patients who undergo colorectal cancer surgery at NYU do not need an external bag to collect waste.

Pancreatic Cancer Surgery

Our surgeons are renowned for their experience performing extensive surgery for pancreatic cancer, which is often advanced by the time it is diagnosed. Perlmutter Cancer Center cancer surgeons have an excellent track record of minimizing complications following pancreatic surgery.

Primary and Metastatic Liver Cancer Treatment

We offer a range of treatment options for patients with liver cancer or cancer that has spread to the liver from another organ, including: 

  • surgical removal of primary and metastatic liver tumors, performed by surgical oncology experts
  • radiofrequency ablation, which destroys liver tumors using an electrical current
  • ethanol injections (alone)
  • embolization and chemo-embolization, which deliver chemotherapy directly to the liver through the blood vessels, performed by interventional radiology experts 
  • liver transplantation, which may be effective for patients with small, isolated, self-contained tumors