What is gastrointestinal cancer?

GI cancers. Occur in the tubes and organs associated with digestion and elimination. It begins at the esphagus, then stomach, small gut (duodenum, jejunum, ileum), then colon and rectum & anus. The pancreas and bile ducts, gall bladder included. The derangements causing cancers can cause these organs to malfunction, and the cells populate other organs.
Cancer in stomc/intn. Cancer from the level of entry of food into body until it exits as poop.

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What are symptoms of gastrointestinal cancer?

Depents on site. There are many different sites of gastrointestinal cancers.The commonest is colon cancer, and others are esophagus, stomach, pancreas, liver, gall bladder, rectum the symptoms are related to the site of cancer colon and rectal cancer may present with rectal bleeding as the only symptom other cancers may present with pain in abdomen, weight loss, loss of appetite, black stools, swallowing difficulty, jaundice. Read more...
Depends on site. There many sites for GI cancers, these are esophagus presents with difficulty swallowing , stomach with pain, weight loss and black stools, pacreas with pain, jaundice and weight loss, liver with pain, jaundice and weight loss commonest is colon and rectal cancers may present in early stages with rectal bleeding common symptoms are weight loss, pain and change in bowel habits, rectal bleeding/black stool. Read more...

What are the next steps after being diagnosed with gastrointestinal cancer?

Gi cancer. It depends upon where primary is. First thing is to do a complete staging workup with blood tests, tumor markers and scans. Than see an oncologist to discuss treatment options. Read more...
GI Cancer. Question is very broad. It depends upon location of the cancer, stage of the cancer(localized vs spread to other organs ) age and or other medical conditions which may preclude aggressive treatment such as surgery and chemotherapy and wishes of the patient who may elect to do nothing. In many instances based upon some if the above factors , surgery +/- chemotherapy are the next steps. Read more...

Do gastrointestinal cancer symptoms show up quickly or gradually?

Depends on the type. Gastrointestinal tumors take years to develop, but since they are not located in places you can see (and often, not feel) they can grow quietly without detection. Often, they are not diagnosed until symptoms appear (bleeding, weight loss, changes in bowel function, pain, etc.). Read more...