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Gastrointestinal Cancer Symptoms

Symptoms of gastrointestinal (GI) cancer can vary depending on the specific type of malignancy a person has been diagnosed with. Symptoms also vary depending on the severity of the cancer, as some types of GI cancer do not have any signs or symptoms in the early stages. Additionally, many of the symptoms associated with gastrointestinal cancer are shared with more common and benign conditions, such as hemorrhoids, anal fissures, or a stomach virus.

Nevertheless, some of the following symptoms can be associated with different types of GI cancer, including:

  • Pain in the abdomen, which can be a symptom of gallbladder, pancreatic, or stomach cancer
  • Unexplained weight loss, which can be a sign of colorectal, gallbladder, stomach, or esophageal cancer
  • Weakness and fatigue, which can be a sign of colorectal cancer
  • A change in bowel movements, which can be a sign of colorectal or anal cancer
  • Rectal bleeding, which can be a sign of anal or colorectal cancer
  • Rectal itching, which can be a sign of anal cancer
  • Trouble swallowing, which can be a sign of esophageal cancer

At Tampa General Hospital, our experienced staff treats patients who have been diagnosed with all types of gastrointestinal cancer. Our team of physicians, radiologists, cancer specialists, and other staff members meet in person bi-weekly to discuss each patient’s individual case and determine the best treatment options.

If you or someone you know has been experiencing symptoms that could be associated with a type of gastrointestinal cancer, it is important to seek the attention of a medical professional as early diagnosis may broaden treatment options. For a physician referral, please use our Physician Finder tool or call (813) 844-2200.