Gastro-Intestinal Cancer refers to the cancers that affect the organs in the digestive system of the human body, such as the oesophagus, liver, pancreas, stomach, small and large intestine, gall bladder, rectum and the anus.
Our dedicated team of oncologists at Manipal Hospitals works closely with and combine the expertise of medical, surgical and radiation oncologists, gastroenterologists, dietitians and other specialists in providing effective, evidence-based treatments and services to suit the unique needs of each patient. Our advanced infrastructure, up-to-date treatment methods and skilled oncologists ensure that we deliver a dedicated expertise and care in the prevention, management and treatment of gastric cancer.
Stomach cancer, also known as gastric cancer, is a tumor originating in the cells of the stomach. It occurs when the healthy cells lining the stomach walls grow out of control and become cancerous, forming a tumor. The different types of stomach cancer are:
- Adenocarcinoma: This is the most common type of stomach cancer where the tumor starts in the gland cells in the inner lining of the stomach.
- Carcinoid Cancer:This begins in the hormone-producing cells of the stomach.
- Lymphoma:This affects the body’s immune system.
- Gastro-intestinal Stromal Cancer (GIST): This originates in specific cells of the nervous system.
Symptoms of Gastro-intestinal cancer:
The common signs and symptoms associated with stomach cancer are:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Pain in the abdomen
- Stomach bloating
- Loss of appetite
- Blood in the stools
- Unexplained weight loss
Gastro-intestinal cancers are complex diseases as they behave differently in different people. Therefore, a personalized treatment plan is necessary for each patient. The common options for gastric cancer treatment include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, immunotherapy and targeted therapy.
- Surgery: It is very common during the treatment of gastric cancer. It involves removal of a part of the stomach containing the tumor and the surrounding lymph nodes and healthy tissue. This procedure is known as gastrectomy.
- Radiation Therapy: High-energy X-rays are used to destroy the cancer cells and alleviate some of the symptoms associated with gastric cancer.
- Chemotherapy: A medical oncologist administers drugs to end the ability of the cancer cells to multiply.
- Immunotherapy: The body’s natural defence system is strengthened to enable it to fight the cancer effectively.
- Targeted Therapy: It is a treatment that targets the specific genes, proteins and the tissues that aid in the spread and survival of cancer.
- Palliative Care: Such treatments are intended to reduce the pain in patients with extremely advanced cancers.