Upper Gastrointestinal

Stomach cancers happen in the organs that are found in the upper section of the digestive system.

Like all Peter Mac’s tumour streams, the Upper Gastrointestinal Service is a collaboration with the VCCC Parkville clinical partners, providing coordinated and comprehensive cancer care. This service includes diagnosis, treatment, supportive care and community outreach for patients. To achieve this, the collective resources and expertise of each of the VCCC Parkville clinical partner organisations come together in a multidisciplinary environment to coordinate seamless patient-centred care, education and research activities.

This Upper Gastrointestinal Service includes leadership and multidisciplinary teams formed across our clinical partners, with staff from multiple disciplines working together to deliver individualised care.

Activities across the Upper Gastrointestinal Service include:

  • a coordinated referral and appointment process
  • early detection, diagnosis, treatment, follow-up and supportive care
  • oversight of the whole cancer journey for patients
  • multidisciplinary team meetings
  • multidisciplinary clinics
  • surgery
  • medical oncology
  • radiation oncology
  • a quality and audit program
  • a research and education program
  • leadership and support for cancer care delivered throughout Victoria.

Partners

Diseases

Oesophageal cancer
Gall bladder and bile duct cancer
Gastric cancer
Gastrointestinal stromal tumours (GIST)
Hepatocellular carcinoma
Liver metastases
Malignant liver tumours
Neuro-endocrine tumours
Small intestine cancers
Pancreatic cancer
Benign and incidental liver tumours
Incidental pancreatic cystic tumours

Related experts

Mr John Spillane
Mr Cuong Duong
Mr Simon Banting
Mr Brett Knowles
A/Prof Lara Lipton
Dr Sumi Ananda
Dr Julie Chu
Dr Bimal Parameswaran
Dr Rob Ware
Dr Tim Akhurst
Dr Grace Kong
Dr Louise Creati
Dr Nirupa Sachithanandan
Mr Michael Collins
Dr Bill Murray
Dr Catherine Mitchell
Naomi Lawrance
Annette Betheras
Tessa Jones
Dr Mei Sum Lung
Aravind Ravikumar
Mr Marco Larobina
Erin Kenedy

Clinics

Neuroendocrine clinic (Monday AM)

  • Neuroendocrine Medical Oncology
  • Neuroendocrine Surgery
  • Neuroendocrine - Nuclear medicine
  • Neuroendocrine - Endocrinology
  • Neuroendocrine - Cardiology

Pancreatic (Monday AM)

  • HPB Surgery
  • Upper GI Medical oncology

Upper gastrointestinal (Wednesday PM)

  • Upper GI Medical Oncology
  • Upper GI Radiation oncology
  • Upper GI surgery

Clinical Trials

We also offer a clinical trials program. Our program offers a wide range of advanced research treatments for many of our patients.

Every cancer patient is at the heart of what we do. Dedicated to you, we commit and pursue state-of-the-art research that we link from bench to bedside and beyond.

If you would like to participate or have questions about clinical trials, speak to your specialist.

Find out more about participating in clinical research at Peter Mac.

Referrals

All referrals can be made via direct referral to the outpatients department or via the Nurse Coordinator Meg Rogers who can be contacted as follows:

  • Phone: (03) 8559 7582
  • Fax: (03) 8559 7709

For patients

We understand how stressful and difficult cancer can be.

Your Peter Mac team of experts are dedicated and sensitive to your individual health and wellbeing needs – we are here to help.

You will need a referral from your GP or medical practitioner to access this service.

For health professionals

Visit the referrals page for further information.