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Gastrointestinal Cancers

What are gastrointestinal cancers? They occur in the digestive system and can affect the esophagus, gallbladder, liver, small intestine, large intestine (colon), stomach, pancreas and rectum.

How often does it occur? It is estimated that more than 280,000 new gastrointestinal cancers are diagnosed in the United States each year. Of those cases:

  • more than 37 percent (103,000) are colon cancer
  • 16 percent (44,000) are pancreatic cancer
  • 14 percent (40,000) are rectal cancer
  • 10 percent (29,000) are liver cancer
  • 8 percent (21,000) are stomach cancer

What does University of Minnesota Physicians Cancer Care offer? Our multidisciplinary team of gastrointestinal experts has extensive experience and expertise in diagnosing and treating cancer of the gastrointestinal tract. Our team treats hundreds of common, rare and complex gastrointestinal cases each year with a wide range of procedures.

Standard procedures include laparoscopic, robotic and biliary reconstruction surgery; radiation and chemotherapy. More experimental therapies include intraperitoneal and intrahepatic chemotherapy, stereotactic radiosurgery, intensity-modulated radiation therapy, radiofrequency ablation and chemoembolization.

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