Gastrointestinal Health

Four Common GI Cancers

Gastrointestinal (GI) cancers are a major public health issue that rival the incidence of lung, breast and prostate cancers. In fact, taken as a whole, they are the number two cause of cancer deaths in the United States.

Both genders and all races and ages are affected. However, there are certain factors that put people at a higher risk for getting a GI cancer. These include:

  • Family history
  • Eating red meat
  • Eating processed or smoked meat
  • Being overweight or obese
  • A sedentary lifestyle

Although there are symptoms unique to each type of GI cancer, there are some general symptoms that indicate it’s time to seek medical attention. Make an appointment with your primary care provider if you experience trouble swallowing, sudden loss of appetite, persistent abdominal pain, unexplained weight loss, blood in stools or change in bowel habits.

There are many types of GI cancers, but here are the four we most commonly diagnose and treat at Edward-Elmhurst Health. View slideshow.

When it comes to GI cancers, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all treatment. Every case is unique and requires a different approach. That’s why it’s best to work with a multidisciplinary care team – one that can take into account every aspect of your care.

Edward-Elmhurst Health uses a team approach, and we have all the elements we need to care for our patients right here at our hospitals. We can coordinate everything from the simplest endoscopies and polyp removals to high-end pancreatic and liver cancer surgeries.

We also offer HIPEC – and are one of the only hospitals in Illinois to offer this cutting-edge treatment that helps patients with advanced cancers in the abdominal cavity – such as the appendix, colon, mesothelioma and ovary – experience better outcomes.

Find out more about gastrointestinal cancers. Make an appointment online or call 630-527-6363.
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