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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
317 doctors shared insights

Gi Cancer (Overview)

Gastrointestinal cancer is malignant growth in some part of the gastrointestinal tract, including the stomach, the intestines, the pancreas, and the liver.


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I know some people are more likely to get GI cancer than others. Which ones?

I know some people are more likely to get GI cancer than others. Which ones?

Many: Smokering, heavy alcohol intake, low fiber, high red meat intake and processed food, excessive caffeine intake, patients with family history of GI cancers, personal historey of inflammatory bowel disease, women with a history of breast cancer, are a few of the risk factors as well as age over 50. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
317 doctors shared insights

Gi Cancer (Overview)

Gastrointestinal cancer is malignant growth in some part of the gastrointestinal tract, including the stomach, the intestines, the pancreas, and the liver.


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What are the symptoms of GI cancer?

What are the symptoms of GI cancer?

Bleeding, GI issues: The symptoms of gastrointestinal (GI) cancer are variable. Symptoms range from none (eg, found asymptomatically on screening colonoscopy), bleeding, abdominal pain, weight loss, etc. ...Read more

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Treating the Stomach Flu (Checklist)

See a doctor if you are vomiting/stooling uncontrollably
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Hydrate yourself to keep up with your losses. Water is best.
Daily
Practice good hand washing to help prevent spread of stomach viruses
Daily
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My father (53 in great shape never drank/smoked) has been diagnosed stage 4 GI cancer, metastasized to liver. Is getting2nd or 3rd opinion beneficial?

My father (53 in great shape never drank/smoked) has been diagnosed stage 4 GI cancer, metastasized to liver. Is getting2nd or 3rd opinion beneficial?

Sure: Cure for stage 4 cancer is very unlikely, however there are usually some different treatment options, especially if someone is young and otherwise fairly healthy. May be clinical trials available. In my opinion, it is never wrong to get 1 or 2 opinions. Most of the time, it will reinforce what your doctor told you initially, but will give you some reassurance that you are getting good advice. ...Read more

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Would an upper GI test show stomach cancer?

Would an upper GI test show stomach cancer?

Endoscopy: Is preferred test for diagnosis of stomach cancer. A barium upper GI series is not as sensitive. Biopsy can also be done during endoscopy. ...Read more

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Living with Skin Cancer (Checklist)

Avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 2 pm
daily
Apply sunscreen
2x day
Wear a hat outdoors on sunny days
daily
See dermatologist for check ups
2x year
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What are the causes and risk factors of GI cancer?

What are the causes and risk factors of GI cancer?

Causes for GI cancer: There are some genetic predispositions to them. Small intestine tumors are rare and probably missed. Colon cancer is associated to a low fiber diet, associated to colon polyps and more common in the industrialized word. Gastric cancer is more common in volcanic regions :japan, iceland, chile, c.R., smoked food intake ( nitrites) and were refrigeration of food is not adequate, and h. Pylori present. ...Read more

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What are my stomach cancer treatment choices?

What are my stomach cancer treatment choices?

Surgery: Surgery is the first treatment option for carcinoma of the stomach. Depending on the pathology you may need adjuvant radiation and chemotherapy. For lymphoma, chemotherapy and radiation without surgery. For a malt lymphoma if there is h pylori infection, antibiotics alone may clear things up. ...Read more

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Managing Pain from Cancer (Checklist)

Ask oncologist to refer you to cancer pain specialist
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Ask pain specialist about both interventional and medication options
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If pancreatic cancer, ask about a celiac plexus block
Once
If neuropathy, request trial of ketamine-based topical creams
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What are the treatments for stomach cancer?

What are the treatments for stomach cancer?

Depends: Treatment of stomach cancer depends on what type it is. Lymphoma is treated with chemotherapy. Adenocarcinoma is treated with surgical resection if the cancer is contained and not spread to other sites such as the liver. Sometimes surgical bypass if cancer is obstructing the stomach, or chemotherapy to try to shrink it. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
4,214 doctors shared insights

Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


Dr. Charles Cattano
1,231 doctors shared insights

Gastroenterology (Definition)

Gastroenterology is a field of study in which a person specializes in the function and disorders of the entire digestive tract, which begins at the lips and ends at the anus. Included organs are the pancreas, ...Read more