Digestive cancers are some of the most common types of cancer found in the United States. Colon cancer is the most common form, while pancreatic cancer is becoming even more common. Risk factors for these types of cancers include smoking, alcohol use, and a small percentage of patients with frequent heartburn.
Signs & Symptoms:
- Rectal bleeding
- Fatigue and pale skin
- Changes in bowel movement frequency
- Abdominal pain
- Unexplained nausea
- Unexplained weight loss
Digestive cancer treatment begins with testing for these cancers by a blood test, upper endoscopy, upper GI series test, CT scan or biopsy.
Once a diagnosis is confirmed, there are numerous ways to treat these conditions. A doctor will create a personalized treatment plan based on your symptoms, condition, and family history.