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Clinical Services

Stony Brook University Cancer Center offers a comprehensive range of diagnostic, treatment, and follow-up services for patients with upper gastrointestinal cancer, including expedited diagnosis and technologically advanced radiation, surgical and systemic therapies. For more information: Diagnosis & Treatment.

  • Diagnostics. The team strives to provide state-of-the-art diagnostics and works to build programs for the early recognition of tumors and other abnormal conditions of the upper gastrointestinal tract.
  • Staging. A critical step in the management of upper GI cancers is accurate staging, which allows the team to distinguish patients with operable and inoperable disease. This may be done via endoscopic ultrasonography, computerized axial tomography (CAT) scan, and positron emission tomography (PET) scanning.
  • Imaging/Radiology.  Stony Brook University Cancer Center is the only cancer program in Nassau/Suffolk Counties using a new minimally invasive infusion system to treat patients with liver cancer. The new procedure, approved by the FDA in June 2011, delivers cancer-fighting agents directly to tumors, without surgery. 
  • Medical Oncology and Hematology
  • Surgery 
  • Whipple procedure. For some individuals with pancreatic cancer, the Whipple procedure may be an option to extend life or offer a potential cure. Dr. Aaron Sasson has performed this complex surgery more than 500 times. Robotic-assisted surgery is also available now. For information on the first fully robotic Whipple procedure performed on Long Island, click here.
    VIEW VIDEO: Dr. Aaron Sasson explains the Whipple procedure
    VIEW VIDEO: Meet Our Doctor, Dr. Aaron Sasson 
  • New Therapy for Rare Tumors (Lutathera®). There’s new hope for patients with pancreatic or gastrointestinal neuroendocrine (also known as carcinoid) tumors, a rare form of cancer. click here.
  • Cytoreductive Surgery (CRS) and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC). For individuals who have advanced cancer contained within the abdomen, HIPEC may be an option. HIPEC is a procedure that combines surgery and chemotherapy. Read testimonials of patients treated at Stony Brook.
    For information on the first fully robotic Whipple procedure performed on Long Island, click here.
  • Irreversible Electroporation (IRE) for Pancreatic Cancer
    At Stony Brook Cancer Center, we offer state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic cancer, including innovative surgical options. In 2009, we pioneered the procedure called irreversible electroporation (IRE), which had never before been used for pancreatic cancer; specifically, the ablation (destruction) of pancreas tumors. Click here for the full article. 
  • Minimally invasive techniques. The Gastrointestinal Surgery Team is continuing to expand their use of minimally invasive surgical techniques in the management of complex GI tumors and other diseases. This service continues to grow, with liver, pancreas, stomach and esophageal resection frequently being performed with a minimally invasive approach. The benefits of this approach are faster recoveries and the ability of the patients to move on to other forms of treatment more rapidly. 
  • Palliative care. If the disease cannot be eradicated, the team strives to palliate the patient's symptoms, and improve the quality of life. The team actively tracks the quality of life of cancer survivors and works with Stony Brook's Palliative Care/Survivorship and Supportive Care program.

Our exceptional clinical support services contribute to coordinated care. These include Nutrition Services, Palliative Care/Survivorship & Support and Physical and Occupational Rehabilitation, Therapeutic Yoga. For more information, see Patient Support.