Gastrointestinal Oncology Survivorship Program

The UCSF Gastrointestinal Oncology Survivorship Program cares for men and women who have completed treatment for any type of gastrointestinal cancer. Our goals are to promote wellness, to help you learn more about health issues and stressors that may occur after treatment, and to provide you with strategies to address these issues.

We offer resources from many specialties, including nutrition, exercise and rehabilitation, psycho-oncology, fertility and sexual health, stoma care, integrative oncology and genetic risk counseling. Clinicians with expertise and training in both gastrointestinal cancers and survivorship will coordinate your care. We work collaboratively with your other health care providers to ensure that knowledge of your cancer history informs your ongoing care.

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What to Expect

At your first appointment, a nurse practitioner will review your personal cancer journey as well as your current status. The visit will include:

  • A review of your medical history
  • A physical exam
  • Appropriate surveillance assessments for your personal cancer history
  • Assessment of any long-term or late effects of cancer and its treatment (both physical and psychological)
  • A discussion of how to prevent new health problems
  • A discussion of healthy lifestyle recommendations, including nutrition, exercise and cessation of tobacco use
  • Recommendations for age-appropriate screening for other cancers

After your first visit, we will provide a treatment summary and survivorship care plan to you, your primary care physician and the physician who referred you to the clinic. All your surveillance recommendations will be developed based on national guidelines with input from your care team.

At follow-up visits, we will review results of interval surveillance studies as well as any ongoing issues related to your previous cancer diagnosis. In the case of any abnormal findings, or if there is a change in your cancer treatment plan, we will coordinate follow-up with your oncology treatment team.


We may ask whether you'd like to participate in ongoing research projects relevant to your condition. Our goal is to learn more about our patients' long-term symptoms, quality of life and behaviors during the survivorship phase of care. For gastrointestinal cancers in particular, there is a lack of published research on this subject. Please ask us about opportunities to participate.

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    What to Bring

    • Photo I.D.
    • Health insurance card
    • Insurance authorization, if required
    • Doctor's referral, if required
    • Recent test results related to your condition
    • List of your medications, including dosages, plus any you're allergic to
    • List of questions you may have
    • Device or paper for taking notes

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