About Digestive Cancer
Digestive cancer is a disease that develops within the digestive system, which includes the esophagus, liver, stomach, pancreas, intestines, and rectum. This disease can develop in any area of the digestive system and can even spread to other areas of the body. Our team of board-certified oncologists at Calaway·Young Cancer Center work diligently to provide exceptional medical care to the men and women of Glenwood Springs, CO. We also follow a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of cancer and research all avenues of care to provide the best service possible. To learn more, call our office in Glenwood Springs today.
Types of digestive cancer
There are many different types of digestive cancer, which are distinguished by where is it found within the digestive system and the cells it involves. A common type of digestive cancer includes adenocarcinoma, which begins in the inner lining of the stomach, however, cancerous tumors can arise in all areas of the digestive tract, including the:
Digestive cancer is caused by a mutation in the DNA of cells within the digestive tract. Doctors are unsure of what causes this mutation, but we do know that there are some risk factors that can enhance one's chances of developing digestive cancer. These include the chronic use of certain substances, poor nutrition, age, race, and gender.
The most common signs and symptoms of digestive cancer may include:
- Chronic, unexplained stomach pain
- Persistent nausea or vomiting
- Extreme heartburn
- Severe or constant indigestion
- Feeling full after eating small amounts of food
- Unintentional weight loss
At Calaway·Young Cancer Center, we offer a long list of treatment options for digestive cancer, including a wide variety of radiation treatments, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy. Prior to any treatment, our cancer team will sit down with you and your loved one to discuss all your options, the side effects and risks involved, and which therapy may be ideal for you. We understand that being diagnosed and treated for cancer is a life-altering event, which is why we also offer cancer support services.
See a specialist
If you or your loved one has been recently diagnosed with digestive cancer, we invite you to call Calaway·Young Cancer Center. Our seasoned medical team can sit down with you to discuss all your treatment options and how to move forward from here. We can also connect you with cancer support groups so you can be surrounded by a loving and caring community of people who are also battling cancer.