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Gastrointestinal (GI) cancer affects any of the organs of the digestive tract. Types of GI cancer include:
At Dignity Health hospitals, we offer oncology services for a full range of gastrointestinal cancers in the Bay Area. Find a Doctor to receive personal care from a team of expert oncologists at one of our locations:
Most GI cancers do not produce symptoms in the early stages. As a result, GI cancers are often advanced at the time of diagnosis.
When signs and symptoms are present, they depend on the specific cancer and the organ it affects. Symptoms may include:
The cause of GI cancer isn’t fully understood. However, the following risk factors may play a role in many of them:
Your treatment and prevention options at Dignity Health will be guided by your specific GI cancer. Your doctor may recommend the following treatment options:
There are no screening tests for most GI cancers. However, screening tests for colorectal cancer can diagnose early, and often asymptomatic, stages of cancer. Colon and rectal cancer are highly treatable in early stages. Talk with your doctor about screening options, such colonoscopy, and when you should start screening.