Cancers We Treat Finding Stomach & Intestinal Cancer Early

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UNDERSTANDING STOMACH & INTESTINAL CANCER Early Detection

Finding cancer early provides you with more treatment options and a chance at positive outcomes.

The only screening available to stomach and intestinal is for colorectal cancer, also known as colon cancer. Screening one of the most powerful ways to prevent colorectal cancer. For other forms of stomach and intestinal cancer, it’s important to know the signs and risks.

At Baptist MD Anderson, we follow MD Anderson’s model of outstanding patient care, research, prevention and education. Our commitment is to bring world-renowned cancer care close to home.

STOMACH CANCER SYMPTOMS

  • Lack of appetite
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Abdominal pain
  • A sense of fullness in the upper abdomen after eating a small meal
  • Heartburn or indigestion
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting, with or without blood

INTESTINAL CANCER SYMPTOMS

  • Abdominal pain
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Bloody or tarry stools
  • A noticeable lump in the abdomen

KNOWING YOUR RISK Stomach & Intestinal Risk Factors

Risk factors are genes, lifestyle choices, conditions or exposure may increase your risk for developing cancer. At Baptist MD Anderson, we offer genetic counseling services, which identifies higher risks for cancer. These assessments check for inherited cancer syndromes or cancer predisposition.

Risk factors of stomach and intestinal cancers vary, but may include the following:

Anal

  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection
  • Having certain other cancers
  • HIV infection
  • Sexual activity
  • Smoking
  • Weak immune system
  • Gender (female)

Appendix

  • Smoking tobacco
  • Gender (female)
  • Certain health conditions that affect the stomach’s ability to make acid, such as
    • Atrophic gastritis
    • Pernicious anemia
    • Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome
  • Family History

Bile duct

  • Chronic inflammation of the bile ducts
  • Older age
  • Ethnicity (hispanic)
  • Geography (Southeast Asia and China)
  • Obesity
  • Fatty Liver disease
  • Family History
  • Diabetes
  • Alcohol Consumption
  • Smoking
  • Chronic pancreatitis (long-term inflammation of the pancreas)
  • Infection with HIV (the virus that causes AIDS)
  • Exposure to asbestos

Colorectal

  • Abnormal bleeding from the vagina, including bleeding between periods or spotting/bleeding after menopause
  • Lower abdominal pain or pelvic cramping
  • Extremely long, heavy, or frequent episodes of vaginal bleeding after age 40

Gall bladder

  • Gallstones
  • Porcelain gallbladder
  • Gender (female)
  • Obesity
  • Older age
  • Ethnicity (hispanic)
  • Choledochal cysts
  • Abnormalities of the bile ducts
  • Gallbladder polyps
  • Primary sclerosing cholangitis
  • Typhoid
  • Family history
  • Smoking

Liver

  • Gender (male)
  • Ethnicity (Asian/Pacific Islander)
  • Chronic Hepatitis B or C
  • Cirrhosis
  • Heavy Alcohol Use
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking

Pancreatic

  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Older age
  • Family history
  • Diabetes
  • Genetic conditions
  • Chronic Pancreatitis
  • Cirrhosis of the liver

Stomach (gastric)

  • Family history
  • Stomach lymphoma
  • Smoking/tobacco
  • Obesity
  • Previous stomach surgery
  • Pernicious anemia
  • Menetrier disease (hypertrophic gastropathy)
  • Type A blood
  • Inherited cancer syndromes
  • Family history

Contact Us

If you have any questions, we have you covered. We have nurse navigators available to guide you through every step of your care. Request an appointment or speak to a nurse navigator by phone or online.

OUR LOCATION Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer Clinic

Within our specialized, multidisciplinary clinics, we bring together our team of experts to care for your mind, body and spirit - all under one roof. Each of our clinics are singularly focused on your specific needs and treatment.

Need Directions? The gastrointestinal (GI) cancer clinic is located in the main Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center on Floor 6 of our cancer center.

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Find a Doctor

Our care team brings medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons and other specialists together for each patient.

FOR WHATEVER STEP IS NEXT, Baptist MD Anderson is Here for You

Wherever you are in your journey, we’re here to help you in your fight against cancer. Our team of experts can help you navigate the whirlwind of emotions and decisions through every aspect of your care.

"It’s a standard of care for us to be personal and humanistic. We treat every patient as if they are our family members."

— Dr. Landmann, MD, Chief of Colon & Rectal Surgery

After a rare presacral tumor diagnosis, Henri Spiegel knew she needed a colorectal surgeon with experience to handle her case. She found hope and a cure in Jacksonville at Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center.