Digestive cancer management in Asia: Position statements: A report on GI Oncology Summit in 2011

Joseph J.Y. Sung, Enders K.W. Ng, Jaw Town Lin, K. Y. Ho, Jia Fu Ji, Kentaro Sugano, Ronnie T.P. Poon, Anthony T.C. Chan, Khean Lee Goh, Kwang hyub Han, Leo L.T. Chen, Kai Chun Wu, Simon S.M. Ng, Robert S. Bresalier, Francis K.L. Chan, K. F. To, Paul Lai, Philip Chiu, Winnie Yeo, Brigette MaGrace Wong, Larry Lai, Heyson Chan, Kwok Kam Hung, Cheung Moon Tong, Lam Ting Wa Jodis, Philip Kwok, Luk Hung To, Luk Wai Fan, Steven Tsang Woon, Vincent Leung, Francis Mok, Lao Wai Cheung, Li Kin Kong, Kwan Wai Keung, Loo Ching Kon, Matthew Ng, Pierre Chan, Thomas Yau, Chan On On, Hui Wai Mo, Ng Fook Hong

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Background and Aim: With the rising incidence of digestive cancers in the Asia Pacific region and the advancement in diagnosis, management and palliation in these conditions, the clinical burden on oncologists is ever increasing. This Summit meeting was called to discuss the optimal management of digestive cancers and the role of Gastroenterologists Method: Experts from Asia Pacific countries in the fields of medical, oncologic, surgical and endoscopic management of cancers in the esophagus, stomach, colon/rectum and the liver reviewed the literature and their practice. 18 position statements were drafted, debated and voted. Results: It was agreed that the burden on GI cancer is increasing. More research will be warranted on chemotherapy, chemoprevention, cost-effectiveness of treatment and nutrition. Cancer management guidelines should be developed in this region when more clinical data are available. In order to improve care to patients, a multi-disciplinary team coordinated by a "cancer therapist" is proposed. This cancer therapist can be a gastroenterologist, a surgeon or any related discipline who have acquired core competence training. This training should include an attachment in a center-of-excellence in cancer management for no less than 12months. Conclusion: The management of GI cancer should be an integrated multi-disciplinary approach and training for GI cancer therapists should be provided for.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1417-1422
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology (Australia)
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Sept

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology


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