Recognising GI cancer First steps – diagnosis to treatment

Canopy Cancer Care is a leading private clinic for adult cancer patients. Our team specialises in the care of patients requiring cancer treatment. The Canopy vision is to offer New Zealanders the option of world-class cancer care, delivered locally, right here in New Zealand. Every day and with every patient we work towards this goal. The Canopy team has been providing an international standard of care since 2010. During this time we have built a strong team who are all passionate about our patients and the outcomes that matter to them most.

We have world class facilities located in

What is GI cancer?

A group of cancers that affect the upper gastrointestinal tract are known as upper GI cancers. Lower GI cancers affect the digestive system.


In 2009, there were 253 new cases of primary liver and biliary cancers, 472 new cases of pancreatic cancer, 370 new cases of stomach cancer and 257 new cases of oesophageal cancer. (Ministry of Health 2012a) New Zealand has one of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the world. Stomach cancer is the 11th most common cancer in NZ (MoH 2014 Cancer Registrations)

Risk factors

Lower GI

Signs and symptoms

Lower GI


Why choose Canopy?

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Quick appointment times

-our target is to have our patients seen by a Specialist within 7 days.

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The highest professional standards

-comes from selecting only highly experienced and dedicated Specialists, nurses and support staff.

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Personalised treatment plans

by professionals committed to delivering quality care, patient experience and outcomes.

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Global sourcing of therapies

– we will reach across the globe to ensure patients have access to the most effective drug therapies

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Individualised patient care program

– with a focus on outcomes that matter to patients, the Under the Canopy program has been specifically designed to support patients navigate their personal cancer journey as comfortably as possible.

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Purpose designed treatment clinics

– ensuring a calm and relaxed healing environment.

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Canopy TV

– an online news channel for the cancer community

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Specialist on call 24/7

– for complete peace of mind.

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Evidence based care and external accreditation

– to ensure we are delivering world class care and treatment options

Canopy Cancer Care GI team

The Canopy GI team is made up of world class medical oncologists Drs Ben Lawrence, Osama Salih, Abbey Wrigley and Aileen Ludlow in Auckland with Drs Michelle Head and Richard North consult in Tauranga and Lisa Dawson, Abbey Wrigley and Vince Newton in Whangarei.

This specialist team all have extensive experience in GI cancer research, education and patient care. The Oncologists are supported by specialist GI nurse Elsa Basevi.

If you have an adult or young adult patient with gastro-intestinal cancer, please contact Canopy Cancer Care with a referral to the GI team.

Canopy specialises in the care of patients requiring cancer treatment with chemotherapy, immunotherapy, antibody therapy, hormone therapy and more targeted therapies.

Treatment options and referral options

If you have a patient experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned, they may need to see a

Followed by

  •  Radiation Oncologist and/or a Medical Oncologist

Making a referral is easy


Or contact:

Auckland and Northland


Hawke's Bay


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