Gastrointestinal cancer, also known as GI cancer, refers to any of the cancers that affect the organs of the digestive tract. GI cancer can start in the following organs:
Dignity Health Southern California hospitals provide quality care for people living with GI cancer in Southern California. Find a Doctor today who can offer you personalized care at one of our locations:
Symptoms of Gastrointestinal Cancer
Most symptoms of GI cancer go unnoticed until the cancer advances. GI cancer symptoms vary depending on the type of cancer and the organ affected. Common symptoms of stomach cancer include:
- Abdominal cramping or pain
- Swelling in the abdomen
- Nausea and vomiting
- Bloody or very dark stool
- Changes in consistency or narrowing of the stool
- Difficulty swallowing
- Digestive problems
- Jaundice, a yellowing of the eyes and skin
- Tiredness and weakness
- Weight loss or loss of appetite
Treating & Preventing GI Cancer at Dignity Health Southern California
Our team of specialists will consider your physical needs and overall well-being when choosing a treatment plan. We are equipped to provide a variety treatment options, including surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation.
Several tests can find and diagnose certain types of GI cancer before symptoms develop. A colonoscopy is the most common type of screening test, which is often used to find cancer of the rectum or colon in its early stages.
To reduce the risk of developing GI cancer, eat a balanced diet, get regular physical exercise, avoid smoking, and limit alcohol consumption.
At Dignity Health Southern California hospitals, our doctors and staff offer a wide range of services to patients who have been diagnosed with stomach cancer. Learn more about our experienced doctors who specialize in gastrointestinal cancer in Southern California.
Dignity Health provides treatment services for gastrointestinal cancer in Southern California.