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Treatment for cancers of the digestive tract

There are many cancers that can occur in the gastrointestinal, or digestive, tract. While colon and rectal cancer are the most common, other types of gastrointestinal cancer include: stomach, pancreatic, liver, esophageal, intestinal and gallbladder.

Regardless of your diagnosis, our gastrointestinal cancer experts are here to provide expert guidance for every step of your journey.

Concerned about your cancer risk?

If gastrointestinal cancer runs in your family or if you have a known genetic mutation such as Lynch syndrome, you may be at a higher risk to develop the disease. Taking time to talk to a genetic counselor or visit one of our cancer risk clinics may help you with answers to your questions and give you the opportunity to create a plan for a healthy future. Learn more about cancer risk & genetic counseling.

Individualized treatments from our team of specialists

Our multidisciplinary gastrointestinal cancer program provides you customized treatment that is centered around your needs. Our gastrointestinal cancer team includes experts in surgical oncology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, radiology, pathology, nutrition, clinical research, genetic counseling, support services and symptom management.

Multidisciplinary gastrointestinal cancer clinic

Some of our locations offer a multidisciplinary gastrointestinal cancer clinic, which provides a unique opportunity to receive a second opinion on your gastrointestinal cancer diagnosis. During this process, our team of specialists will review your case together. They will discuss the best treatment options for your particular cancer. From there, you will receive an individualized treatment plan recommendation.

Cancer patient navigators help you through your treatment

If you are facing a gastrointestinal cancer diagnosis, you will have many questions and concerns that need to be addressed. That’s why we provide our cancer patient navigators to support you and your family through your fight against this disease. These specially trained registered nurses are always available to you, beginning at diagnosis and continuing through treatment and recovery.

Symptom management to improve your quality of life

Our comprehensive cancer care includes helping you manage the physical side effects of your disease and its treatment. Our Novant Health Cancer Institute facilities offer expert-led programs like nutrition counseling, exercise, physical therapy, yoga and massage to help make the road to recovery a little smoother.

Specialized care for inpatient treatment

If your treatment requires you to stay overnight, our hospitals with inpatient oncology units offer you the expert care, support and amenities you need to be comfortable throughout your stay.

Access to cutting-edge treatments from clinical trials

We participate in national and international clinical research trials, which provide you with opportunities to receive cancer treatments not widely available elsewhere.

Cancer support for you and your family

A gastrointestinal cancer diagnosis can be challenging both for the patient and the family. At Novant Health Cancer Institute, we offer support services like counseling, support groups, financial resource guidance, case management and educational seminars to help deal with the mental, emotional and financial aspects of a diagnosis.