Gastrointestinal cancers

Gastrointestinal cancers occur when cells lining the gastrointestinal tract – anywhere from your oesophagus to your intestines – grow in an abnormal and uncontrolled way, forming a tumour. Gastrointestinal cancers can include oesophageal cancer, stomach cancer, pancreatic cancer and liver cancer. Bowel and colorectal cancers are a type of gastrointestinal cancer.

How is it diagnosed?

Signs and symptoms of gastrointestinal cancer will depend on the specific area of your body that is affected. For example, a sign of stomach cancer may include reflux, and a sign of liver cancer may include pain on the right side of your abdomen. Gastrointestinal cancer can be detected through blood tests, scans or an endoscopy. A biopsy of the affected area will be taken to confirm your diagnosis.

How is it treated?

Treatment for gastrointestinal cancers may involve surgery to remove a tumour, and chemotherapy or other targeted drug or immunotherapy and/or radiotherapy to destroy cancer cells.

Living well during treatment

You and your loved ones will face both physical and psychological challenges while you are undergoing treatment for cancer. Ramsay Cancer Care provides a holistic and integrated service, to ensure that your needs are met at every step of your treatment and recovery. 

During and after your treatment for a gastrointestinal cancer, you may like to access support for:

Your physical wellbeing
Your mental wellbeing
Resources & Blog

Read more about gastrointestinal cancers