Endoscopist's view of the future role of the gastroenterologist in digestive oncology


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Correspondence to: Guido NJ TYTGAT, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Diepenbrockstraat 52, 1077WB, The Netherlands. Email: g.n.tytgat@amc.uva.nl


Improvement in digestive oncology will require the creation of multidisciplinary teams. Expert gastroenterologists who are super-specializing in digestive oncology (onco-gastroenterologists) should be in the center of such highly qualified teams. To fulfill this role the onco-gastroenterologist will need adequate training in all aspects of diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic activities related to digestive cancer. This article reflects the spectrum of expertise that will be necessary to guarantee optimal service.