Understanding Treatment Options for
Gastrointestinal Cancers

Once diagnosed, gastrointestinal cancer can be treated in various ways. Whether you have been newly diagnosed, or have been undergoing treatment for a while, it is normal to be confused and have a lot of questions. An important first step is to understand your disease better. 

Any cancer that starts in the organs and tissues of the human digestive system is called gastrointestinal cancer, or cancer of the digestive system. There are different types of gastrointestinal cancers, which are named based on their place of origin.


This type of cancer begins in the oesophagus –the hollow, muscular tube that helps transport food and liquid from the throat to the stomach. The wall of the oesophagus is made up of several layers of tissue, including membranes and muscle. Read more about the risks, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of oesophageal cancer.
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Stomach cancer is a type of gastrointestinal cancer that originates in the stomach – an essential organ in the human digestive system. It helps process nutrients in foods that are consumed, and also helps pass waste material out of the body. Read more about the risks, symptoms, diagnosis and treatments of stomach cancer. Read more


Liver cancer is a type of cancer that begins in the liver, one of the largest organs in the body. The liver has two lobes and fills the upper right side of the abdomen, inside the rib cage. Read more about the risks, symptoms, diagnosis and treatments of liver cancer. Read more

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