Handbook of Gastrointestinal Cancers

Handbook of Gastrointestinal Cancers

Evidence-Based Treatment and Multidisciplinary Patient Care

Tanios Bekaii-Saab, MD, Bassel F. El-Rayes, MD, Timothy M. Pawlik, MD, MPH, MTS, PhD


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Handbook of Gastrointestinal Cancers is a practical guide to the management of colorectal, pancreatic, hepatocellular, gastric, and esophageal cancers as well as other cancers of the upper and lower gastrointestinal tract. Edited by a multidisciplinary group of oncologists from leading institutions, this book is an essential day-to-day reference for evidence-based treatment and patient care. The handbook focuses on treatment strategies and approaches to cancerous gastrointestinal tumors that are transforming the recent oncological landscape, including expert-given guidance on methods such as neoadjuvant and adjuvant chemotherapy, surgical transplant, radiation therapy, molecular diagnostic testing leading to molecularly targeted therapy, and immunotherapy.

With so many advances in the current field, it is increasingly difficult for early-career practitioners to grasp the entirety of practices and for seasoned oncologists to keep up with newly approved therapies, side effects to treatments, and special clinical management considerations, but this handbook addresses it all. Organized by major gastrointestinal disease sites and featuring “How I Treat” case vignettes from world experts for common and uncommon management considerations, the handbook brings an experience-based perspective to these tough-to-treat areas. The treatment strategies and applications set forth in the chapters are pertinent to situations and decision-making encountered in practice. Handbook of Gastrointestinal Cancers is a valuable resource for medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, and surgeons treating and managing gastrointestinal cancers as well as trainees in medical, radiation, and surgical oncology programs needing an accessible point of care resource.


  • Provides treatment plans and recommendations for each stage of a range of gastrointestinal cancers, including colorectal, pancreatic, and hepatocellular cancers plus more
  • Includes “How I Treat” patient vignettes told from the physician’s point of view within each clinical chapter
  • Outlines special considerations for the elderly and for survivors of gastrointestinal cancers
  • Highlights important clinical guidance on nutritional and palliative concerns commonly seen in patients with gastrointestinal cancers


Tanios Bekaii-Saab, MD:
Tanios Bekaii-Saab, MD, FACP, is Professor of Medicine, Senior Associate Consultant of Hematology and Oncology, and Co-Leader of the Gastrointestinal Cancer Program at the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center in Scottsdale, Arizona. Prior to his move to Mayo Clinic, he earned his medical degree from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon, followed by a residency in internal medicine at Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. He completed fellowships in clinical pharmacology and experimental therapeutics and hematology/oncology at Tufts University/New England Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. He was previously at Ohio State University - Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute as a tenured Professor of Medicine and Pharmacy, and Section Chief for the Gastrointestinal Cancer Program.||||||