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Upper GI


What ​are gastrointestinal cancers?

Upeer gastrointestinal cancers are found in the stomach (gastric) or food pipe (oesophagus). The oesophagus and stomach are part of the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract, which is part of the digestive system.

Our service​


The upper gastrointestinal (UGI) team at the NSCC manages all types and stages of upper gastrointestinal cancer from diagnosis, treatment and supportive care, including assessment of symptoms and side effects.

Patient cases are discussed at a multi-disciplinary team meeting (MDT) to ensure the best possible treatment recommendation is made. The Upper GI team includes surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, nurses, pathologists, and radiologists.

Supportive care services include nutrition, social work and psychology.


Multidisciplinar​y team (MDT) and clinics

  • MDT occurs Tuesdays fortnightly
  • Clinic occurs Thursdays weekly in NSCC


  • Gastric
  • Oesophagus

Gastro cancer experts​​​​

 Upper gastrointestinal surgeon

Dr Garett Smith                 
Dr Steve Leibman

 Radiation oncologists

Prof Andrew Kneebone
A/Prof George Hruby

 Medical oncologists

Prof Nick Pavlakis
A/Prof​​ Connie Diakos
Dr David Chan

 Upper GI cancer nurse coordinator

CNC Claire Kent (Monday-Thursday)

​Cancer nurse coordinators​​

  • Claire Kent, Upper Gastrointestinal Cancer Nurse (Monday-Thursday)

    Upper Gastrointestinal (UGI) specialises in cancers on the oesophagus (food pipe) or gastric (stomach). I have been a registered nurse for 25 years with extensive experience in surgery and oncology, and as a Nurse Consultant since 2014. I work closely with patients, carers and the multidisciplinary team throughout the cancer care journey, providing advice and support. I have a Masters in Cancer and Haematology at Sydney University and am a member of several national cancer nursing organisations.


Questions to ask your doctor​​

When diagnosed with cancer, it's common to feel overwhelmed and forget questions to ask the doctor. The Cancer Council offers a list of suggested questions for you or your carer to ask at appointments.

These can help you be more involved in your care.

Useful links​

ChevronFor information on cancers, support and services:External LinkCancer Council NSW
ChevronFor information on cancer treatments and patient information sheets:External LinkeviQ (Cancer Treatment Online)​​