I am a radiation oncologist who specializes in caring for people with gastrointestinal cancers. These include rectal cancer, liver cancer, gallbladder and bile duct cancer, pancreatic cancer, gastric cancer, and anal cancer. I see patients at Memorial Sloan Kettering in Manhattan.
A radiation oncologist cared for someone close to me when I was in medical school. This personal experience had a profound impact on me, and I decided to pursue a career in radiation oncology. It still impacts me today in my interactions with patients and their loved ones.
Many patients who come to my office are frightened by the concept of radiation therapy. During the appointment, we spend a lot of time discussing side effects. I explain to my patients that the advanced technologies we use allow us to pinpoint where the radiation goes in the body. This accuracy helps us avoid healthy tissue and hopefully reduce the risk and severity of radiation therapy side effects.
I am leading several cancer clinical trials across the country. These are focused on delivering doses of radiation therapy that can eliminate tumors in liver cancer and pancreatic cancer. These doses are two to three times higher than regular doses. We have found that they can provide positive outcomes for people with liver cancer and pancreatic cancer that cannot be removed through surgery.
When patients leave my office, my goal is for them to feel hopeful. I want them to feel confident that they will receive the best care possible and that we are in the fight against cancer together.
- Clinical Expertise: Rectal Cancer; Liver Cancer; Liver Metastases; Gallbladder & Bile Duct Cancers; Pancreatic Cancers; Gastric Cancers; Anal Cancer; Endocrine Cancers; Small Bowel Cancers
- Awards and Honors: University of Texas Regents Outstanding Teaching Award (2015); Best Doctors in America (2003-2015)
- Languages Spoken: English; Spanish
- Education: MD, University of Virginia
- Residencies: Radiation Oncology - University of Virginia
- Board Certifications: Radiation Oncology
Research is integral to our mission at Memorial Sloan Kettering, and clinical trials help us discover better forms of patient care and treatment. For you, this could mean access to a new therapy or therapy combination. Click to see a list of the trials I’m currently leading.
Clinical Trials Led by Christopher Crane
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