Understanding Gastrointestinal Cancer and
How To Manage It

Your guide to coping with cancer – before, during and after the treatment journey

What is gastrointestinal cancer?

Any cancer that starts in the organs and tissues of the human digestive system is called gastrointestinal cancer, or cancer of the digestive system. These organs include the oesophagus, gallbladder, pancreas, liver, bile duct, stomach, intestines, rectum and anus.

While both men and women are at some risk of developing one of the types of gastrointestinal cancers, the risk normally increases with age. As with most cancers, early detection and diagnosis helps provide more effective treatment, while improving survival odds.

Types of Gastrointestinal Cancers

There are different types of gastrointestinal cancers which are named based on their place of origin

Lowering Risk of
Gastrointestinal Cancers

Cancer screening tests are the most effective method to find cancer at an early stage, sometimes even before any symptoms appear. When the cancer is found early, it may be easier to treat and cure. In addition to the above, these are some ways you can lower your risk of getting gastrointestinal cancer:

  • Pay attention to your body and be able to identify what is not normal for you
  • Make healthy lifestyle choices about your diet and exercise
  • Know your family health history to take effective preventive steps
Treatment options for
Gastrointestinal Cancers
The treatment for gastrointestinal cancers depends on the kind of cancer and how far it has spread. Treatment types include surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation and may often include a combination of any of the above three treatments. Refer to this section to understand the types of cancer treatments and their effects. Read more
Your cancer journey
Everyone deals with a cancer diagnosis and treatment in a different way. Refer to this section, to understand various aspects of your cancer journey and the road to recovery. Read more
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