Gastrointestinal cancers are cancers that affect in the digestive system. This is a large group of cancers that include anal, colon, esophageal, gallbladder, liver, pancreatic, rectal, small intestine and stomach cancer. They start in the cells of the specific organ, but can spread easily. These cancers are responsible for more deaths than any other system in the body.
Common types of Gastrointestinal Cancers:
Screening and Treatment
Because gastrointestinal cancers often spread to other organs, early diagnosis can greatly improve outcomes. However, many of these cancers are asymptomatic until they reach a later stage. Screening methods include colonoscopy to detect cancers of the lower GI tract, and endoscopy for issues related to the upper GI tract, as well as imaging and blood testing. Each gastrointestinal cancer is unique to the individual, and requires customized treatment developed by our multidisciplinary team of physicians.
Through close partnerships with Boston-based hospitals and the National Cancer Institute, we are able to offer cancer clinical trials designed to identify safer and more effective approaches to prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment of your cancer. Learn more about the current clinical trials available here
Education and Resources
The Cancer Center at Lowell General Hospital is committed to supporting your mental and physical health through every step of diagnosis, treatment and recovery. From dedicated physicians and nurses to social workers and support groups, the Cancer Center at Lowell General Hospital has several resources for you and your family, all close to home. Learn more about our resources to support your care here