Gastrointestinal Cancer Information

Gastrointestinal (GI) cancer is a term used to describe the type of cancers that affect the digestive system, or the gastrointestinal tract. The digestive system is comprised of the esophagus, stomach, gallbladder, liver, pancreas, small intestine, large intestine, anus, and rectum. Therefore, gastrointestinal cancer can refer to, but is not limited to, any of the following cancers:

  • Colorectal cancer – Cancer that starts in the colon or the rectum.
  • Anal cancer – This cancer forms is the anus, which is the opening at the lower end of the intestines.
  • Esophageal cancer – Cancer of the esophagus, which is the hollow, muscular tube that connect the throat to the stomach. 
  • Gallbladder cancer – Cancer that develops in the gallbladder, a small, pear-shaped organ that is on the right lower ribs under the liver.
  • Stomach cancer – Also known as gastric cancer, this is type of malignancy forms in the stomach, which is a sac-like organ that holds food.
  • Pancreatic cancer – Cancer of the pancreas, which is a fish-shaped organ located behind the stomach.

At Tampa General Hospital, we treat all types of gastrointestinal cancer, and have a colorectal oncology program that specializes in treating colon and rectum cancer. We remove more rectal tumors through transanal minimally invasive surgery (TAMIS) than any other hospital in west central Florida, and we’ve been recognized as one of America's Best Hospitals 2020-21 for Gastroenterology & GI Surgery by U.S.News & World Report. 

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