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First Annual Gastrointestinal Cancer Symposium

Friday, September 14, 2018

Abington Hospital - Jefferson Health
Frobese Conference Center
1200 Old York Rd,
Abington, PA 19001

Program Description

This program is intended to present an update on a wide array of Gastrointestinal Cancer topics. The faculty will present concise, evidence-based lectures with time to address questions.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this session, the participant shall be able to:

  1. Review the current approach for screening and treatment of H. Pylori and Barrett’s esophagus.
  2. Describe current surgical approaches to esophageal cancer, including the role of neoadjuvant therapy.
  3. Explain the evolving role of immunotherapy and targeted treatments for esophagogastric cancers.
  4. Describe current surgical approaches to pancreatic cancer, including preoperative and postoperative therapy.
  5. Identify current approaches to treatment of chronic hepatitis and screening for hepatocellular cancer.
  6. Describe the indications and modalities for liver-directed therapies for liver-dominant gastrointestinal malignancies.
  7. Discuss current colorectal cancer screening recommendations and surgical approaches to colon cancer.
  8. Explain current systemic approaches to advanced colorectal cancer.
  9. Discuss the latest data regarding underserved populations and colorectal cancer.
  10. Describe current efforts to improve quality of life and coordinate care among colorectal cancer survivors.
  11. Explain current approaches to anorectal cancers, including total preoperative therapy and novel systemic agents.
  12. Describe the diagnosis and management of rare tumors such as neuroendocrine malignancies and GI stromal tumors.

Target Audience

This program, presented by Abington – Jefferson Health, is intended for gastroenterologists, colorectal and other oncologic surgeons, oncologists, primary care physicians and allied health professionals. This conference may also be of interest to nurses and advanced practice professionals.


CME Accreditation Statement

Abington Health is accredited by the Pennsylvania Medical Society to provide Continuing Medical Education for physicians.

Conflict of Interest Disclosure Policy

Faculty and all others who have the ability to control the content of the continuing medical education sponsored by Abington Health are expected to disclose to the audience whether they do or do not have any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest or other relationships related to the content of their presentation(s).

Credit Designation Statement

Abington Health designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the educational activity.

Online registration is now closed. On-site registration available the day of the symposium.

Conference Co-Chairs

Steven J. Cohen, MD
Medical Director, Asplundh Cancer Pavilion and Cancer Service Line
Chief, Medical Oncology and Hematology Division
Abington Jefferson Health
Vice-Chair, Department of Medical Oncology
Professor of Medical Oncology, Thomas Jefferson University, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center

Steven A. Fassler, MD
Section Chief, Colorectal Surgery
Abington – Jefferson Health
Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery
Thomas Jefferson University, Sidney Kimmel Medical College

Marie (Kelly) Pressler, RN, MSN, OCN
GI Cancer Nurse Navigator
Asplundh Cancer Pavilion