Gastrointestinal Cancer

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Gastrointestinal cancer can include any cancer that occurs in the anus, colon, bile duct, esophagus, liver, pancreas, peritoneal cavity, rectum, small intestine or stomach. This can include colorectal cancer, esophageal cancer, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer and stomach cancer.

General signs and symptoms of gastrointestinal cancer may include:

  • Feeling bloated or full
  • Severe, persistent heartburn or indigestion
  • Persistent nausea or vomiting
  • Bloody stool
  • Stomach pain 
  • Changes in bowel movements

At Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, our goal is to treat Gastrointestinal Cancers by developing a customized plan for each patient based on his or her unique needs.

Using a comprehensive team approach, we work together to give you customized care that includes the most-advanced diagnostic methods and treatments. Our highly skilled physicians, nurses and staff provide excellent and compassionate medical care, education and support to meet your needs throughout and after treatment.

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Most colon cancers (about 70 percent) are found in the first six feet of the large intestine. The other 30 percent occur in the last 10 inches of the large intestine (rectum). Collectively they are referred to as colorectal cancers.

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Esophageal cancer occurs in the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach.

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Liver cancer is more common in males than females, with males more than twice as likely to develop liver cancer over a lifetime.

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The risk of pancreatic cancer increases with age, with most being diagnosed between the ages of 60 and 80 years.

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The presence of stomach cancer most often is not recognized until the disease has spread. This is partly due to the absence of noticeable signs and symptoms during the early stages of cancer development in the stomach.

Learn more about stomach cancer