• Gastrointestinal Cancers

    Being told you have gastrointestinal cancer is scary. But with rapid advances in treatment options in the last decade, there’s more reason than ever to have hope. It can also be stressful to find the care you need. At AAMC’s DeCesaris Cancer Institute, you have access to the most advanced technologies and treatments available. You get expert care from our team of highly specialized doctors and nurses, close to home.

    About Gastrointestinal Cancers

    Gastrointestinal cancer affects organs of the digestive system including the pancreas, liver, stomach, colon, esophagus, gallbladder, small intestine and rectum. About 250,000 people are diagnosed with GI cancers every year.

    The gastrointestinal (GI) tract includes multiple organs. These organs can have a primary cancer, or one that has spread (metastasized) from an organ nearby.

    Primary liver cancer is the most common cancer worldwide.

    Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer for both men and women.

    About Gastrointestinal Cancers

    Our gastrointestinal cancer care team specializes in:

    • Anal and rectal cancers.
    • Bile duct cancers, including gallbladder cancer.
    • Colon and colorectal cancer.
    • Esophageal cancer.
    • Liver cancer.
    • Pancreatic cancer.
    • Stomach cancer.


    Most signs and symptoms of GI cancers can be subtle until the cancer is advanced — so it’s important to know what to look for and take all changes in your body seriously. These include:

    • Abdominal, back or chest pain.
    • Changes in bowel movements (constipation, diarrhea, urge followed by no relief, abnormal discharge).
    • Changes in urine (dark urine, bloodly urine).
    • Changes in stools (light-colored stools, greasy stools).
    • Fever.
    • Jaundice.
    • Lumps or masses (lymph nodes, stomach, rectum).
    • Nausea and/or vomiting.
    • Rectal bleeding.
    • Trouble swallowing.
    • Unintended weight loss.


    Since the signs and symptoms of GI cancers can be subtle and often don’t show themselves until the cancer progresses, early detection is important.

    The tests we use to diagnose gastrointestinal cancers include:

    • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP).
    • Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS).

    These minimally invasive, highly specialized procedures allow your doctor to explore your GI tract.


    A combination of drugs and surgery can be very effective for treating most gastrointestinal cancers. At our DeCesaris Cancer Institute, you receive focused, complete and compassionate care from your cancer care team, including:

    • Board-certified colorectal surgeons.
    • Fellowship trained surgical oncologists, who specialize in GI oncology.
    • Gastroenterologists.
    • Hematologists.
    • Medical oncologists.
    • Nurse navigators.
    • Pathologists.
    • Radiation oncologists.
    • Social workers.
    • Spiritual care professionals.

    Our team meets weekly to discuss complex cases — experts in all aspects of cancer care work together to develop and implement the most effective treatment and care plan for you.

    Making an Appointment

    We’re here to help. If you suspect you may have a gastrointestinal tumor, or you’ve been recently diagnosed, don’t wait another day to talk to one of our doctors. Call 443-481-5800 to schedule your consultation.

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