Gastrointestinal Oncology Center
At Providence Saint John’s Health Center and the John Wayne Cancer Clinics, every patient receives personalized care from an expert team of doctors and nurses who focus exclusively on your particular type of cancer, including colon and rectal cancer; primary or metastatic liver cancers including hepatocellular carcinoma, cholangiocarcinoma, and fibrolamellar-hepatocellular carcinoma; stomach, esophageal and pancreatic cancers; and other cancers of the gastrointestinal tract.
A national leader in cancer care
Chief of Medicine and Professor of Surgery at the John Wayne Cancer Institute, Anton J. Bilchik, M.D., Ph.D., FACS is an internationally-recognized cancer surgeon and scientist and is ranked as one of the top ten colon cancer experts in the country. His research efforts have helped establish more accurate staging methods leading to better quality measures. Dr. Bilchik’s research, successfully funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 2001, has helped identify those patients who are likely cured by surgery alone, thereby avoiding the unnecessary toxicity of chemotherapy. Dr. Bilchik and his team also have special expertise in the treatment of liver and pancreas cancers. Patients often undergo minimally-invasive surgeries and are discharged very soon after surgery.
A team approach for better outcomes
The gastrointestinal cancer team at Providence Saint John’s includes specialists in surgery, medical oncology, radiation therapy, pathology and other disciplines that are important to the diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal cancers. These include colorectal, pancreas, liver, stomach and esophageal cancers.
We meet regularly to discuss your diagnostic and treatment information because we believe that having representatives of many different disciplines involved in your care ensures that all feasible approaches to your treatment will be considered. It is our goal to provide you with the best possible care for your specific needs in a calm, tranquil environment with healing in mind.
Attracting patients from around the world
The expertise of the surgical oncology team at the John Wayne Cancer Clinic attracts patients from all over the country and around the world. Seeing such a large number of patients means our team brings a high level of experience to every aspect of your treatment. We’re with you from diagnosis through cure.