Gastrointestinal Cancers

Introduction to Other Gastrointestinal Cancers

Gastrointestinal cancer is cancer of the organs of the digestive system – including the esophagus, gallbladder, liver, pancreas, stomach, small intestine, large intestine (colon) and rectum. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in men and women, with more than 100,000 colon cancer and 40,000 rectal cancer cases diagnosed in the past year. Adding pancreatic cancer (more than 30,000 cases), stomach cancer (more than 20,000 cases), and other cancers of the digestive system, the yearly number of new gastrointestinal tract cancers is more than 250,000.

recommended reading
These articles provide in-depth information and are written to help you make the best healthcare decisions for you and your loved ones.
Anal Cancer: Treatment
Bile Duct Cancer—Extrahepatic: Treatment
Carcinoid Tumor—Gastrointestinal: Treatment
Esophageal Cancer: Prevention
Esophageal Cancer: Screening
Esophageal Cancer: Treatment
Gallbladder Cancer: Treatment
Hepatocellular Cancer: Screening
Liver Cancer—Adult Primary: Treatment
Hepatocellular Cancer: Screening
Liver Cancer—Childhood: Treatment
Pancreatic Cancer—Exocrine: Treatment
Islet Cell Cancer: Treatment
Small Intestine Cancer: Treatment
Gastric Cancer: Prevention
Gastric Cancer: Screening
Gastric Cancer: Treatment
tests & procedures

You doctor may recommend one or more of the following tests to evaluate your condition.

Abdominal Ultrasound
Complete Blood Count (CBC)
Liver Biopsy
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Abdomen
Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Upper Gastrointestinal Series

For other tests and diagnostic procedures use the section of this site called Medical Tests A to Z .

Cancer Pain
Smoking Cessation
medication center
medication assistance

This section provides you with an alphabetical listing of more than 1,000 medications, including prescription drugs and those you can purchase over-the-counter. Just "click on" your medications to learn what they are used for, how to take them, special precautions, and some of the possible side effects. You can choose your medication by brand name or generic name.

Medications A-Z

If you are having difficulty paying for your medications you may qualify for financial assistance or free medications. Visit the Medication Assistance Center to learn about available medication and insurance programs.

Don't let financial problems stop you from getting the treatment you need; there are resources and organizations that may be able to help you.

additional resources

This listing provides you with Internet sites that are sponsored by government agencies or are well-known and credible national organizations.

ACOR-Association of Online Cancer Resources
American Cancer Society
American College of Gastroenterology
MEDLINEplus-Cancer Topics
National Cancer Institute

Surfing the Internet
When looking at Internet sites, remember that the information can be sponsored by anyone. Take into account the sponsoring group or individual when gathering information or help. Be especially careful about giving out personal or financial information.

Learn more about surfing the web:

Last modified on: 30 June 2015

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