Gastrointestinal Cancers

The gastrointestinal (GI) tract and the accessory organs of digestion (pancreas, liver and gallbladder) are responsible for more cancers and more deaths from cancer than any other system in the body.

Gastrointestinal (GI) cancers include:

  • Anal cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Gallbladder cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Rectal cancer
  • Small and large intestine cancer
  • Stomach cancer

Signs and Symptoms

GI cancer symptoms can include obstruction that leads to difficulty swallowing or defecating, abnormal bleeding or other associated problems.

The diagnosis often requires an endoscopy followed by a biopsy of suspicious tissue.

Strength in Numbers

A team of specialists uses an integrated team approach to health care.

Experts from several specialties, such as radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, surgeons, dietitians and counselors, work together to make sure you know your options and make the most informed decision about your care possible.

Your treatment plan is as unique as you and your condition. You’ll have the benefit of a patient navigator by your side who will advocate for you every step of the way and help you stay on the right path.

We have the latest diagnostic tools and treatment technologies - including minimally invasive surgery and robotic surgery - to make sure the pace of scientific progress isn’t passing by you and your condition.

Plus, OSF has the resources to provide all the care you’ll need, from diagnosis through treatment, rehabilitation and survivorship.

You can find the emotional and medical support you need at OSF HealthCare.

Comprehensive Care

Treatment for patients with gastrointestinal cancer may include:

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