Hoag’s Unique Approach Offers Comprehensive GI Cancer Care

Your gastrointestinal (GI) tract travels the length of your body, comprising more than nine individual organs. When cancer strikes, you need a specialist who can provide precise organ- or system-based expertise.

Hoag is the only hospital in Orange County to offer a team of GI specialists who have the clinical expertise necessary to bring you comprehensive, multidisciplinary care with the latest treatments for both early and late-stage disease, including robotic and minimally-invasive surgery.

“Hoag combines all the advantages of an academic center with the advantages of a community hospital,” said Craig Cox, M.D., medical director of Hoag Radiology Oncology. “Patients don’t need to drive 80 miles for complex GI cancer care. We offer that in Orange County.”

Hoag’s comprehensive GI Cancer Program:

  • Utilizes state-of-the-art diagnostic technology, including Fibroscan, Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) and Interventional Radiology, as well as leading edge treatment approaches, including robotic-assisted procedures, minimally-invasive surgical options, and advanced surgical approaches like whipple operations.

Through an alliance with USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, Hoag Family Cancer Institute is also able to provide patients with access to clinical trials, cutting-edge medicine and the most skilled surgeons in their field.

Robert R. Selby, M.D., program director of the Hoag Pancreas and Hepatobiliary Cancer Program and chief of the division of Hepatobiliary, Pancreas and Abdominal Organ Transplantation at Keck School of Medicine of USC, has developed a level of expertise in his field that is difficult to cultivate in a community hospital setting alone.

“Most community hospitals don’t have the capability to manage these patients to a successful outcome,” said Dr. Selby. “It’s a different set of skills, and you find that at Hoag.”

Similarly, John Lipham, M.D., program director for the Hoag Foregut Cancer Program, the James & Pamela Muzzy Endowed Chair in GI Cancer, and associate professor of surgery at Keck School of Medicine of USC, has brought his expertise in esophageal and gastric cancers to Hoag. With a skilled team, Dr. Lipham provides innovative treatment options, including the FDA-approved sphincter augmentation device used to effectively treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

“People don’t realize that GERD can lead to esophageal cancer," said Dr. Lipham. “In addition to using the most innovative medical techniques to treat esophageal cancer, Hoag is committed to preventing the disease.”

Dr. Cox said that one of the most distinctive features of Hoag’s team is its patient-centered approach: “What that leads to for patients is a level of comprehensive care and expertise they are not likely to find anywhere else in our community.”

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