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Whether you've been diagnosed with gastrointestinal disease,
are at increased risk of disease,
or have cancer,
you have access to some of the area's finest physicians at Fox Chase Cancer Center.
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Cancers affecting the digestive system are called gastrointestinal cancers.
Esophageal cancer is a disease in which cancerous cells form in the tissues of the esophagus, the muscular tube that connects the mouth to the stomach.
- Stomach (Gastric)
The most common type is an adenocarcinoma, which arises from the glands in the stomach lining. Other kinds of gastric cancer are lymphoma, GIST (gastrointestinal stromal tumors) and carcinoid tumors.
Patients who are told their disease is unresectable elsewhere often seek treatment at Fox Chase. Sometimes a combination of radiation therapy and chemotherapy can be given prior to surgery in an effort to render surgical removal of the tumor possible.
- Liver (hepatic bile duct gallbladder)
We offer a wide treatment platform including medications for the underlying liver disease, resection for small localized tumors, ablative therapies, chemoembolization and systemic chemotherapy.
- Neuro-endocrine Tumors (carcinoid, pancreatic eyelet cells)
Gastrointestinal carcinoid tumors grow slowly and generally appear in the appendix, small intestine, and rectum. Often, more than one tumor develops in the small intestine. A diagnosis of a gastrointestinal carcinoid tumor increases your risk of developing another cancer in the digestive system.
- Colon and Rectal Cancer
Colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers, yet it is one of the most preventable. Almost 90% of patients can survive this disease when detected early through screening. For patients with early stage or advanced disease, the best treatment is tailored for you.