GI (Gastrointestinal) cancer

The organs of the GI (gastrointestinal) tract help you digest food. Cancer in this area occurs when abnormal cells grow out of control. Our doctors detect cancer in its early stages, when it is easier to treat. We offer new therapies through clinical trials if standard treatments aren’t successful.

Some of the organs that make up your GI tract include the:
  • Colon
  • Esophagus
  • Gallbladder
  • Liver
  • Pancreas
  • Rectum
  • Stomach

What you should know about GI cancer

  • Some GI cancers, such as colon cancer or rectal cancer (colorectal cancer), grow slowly.
  • Others, including pancreatic cancer, grow quickly and require immediate care from specialists like ours.

Why choose Geisinger for your GI cancer care?

  • GI High-Risk Malignancy Clinic: Our team of GI cancer specialists, including colorectal surgeons and genetic counselors, helps you get the best possible care. If you are at risk for GI cancer, we help you learn more about testing and prevention. If you have a GI cancer diagnosis, we explain all your treatment options. Together we determine which tests or treatments are right for you and develop a personalized care plan.
  • Specialized care: For GI cancer affecting the liver, a transplant may offer life-saving care. A transplant replaces your liver with a healthy donor liver. We offer extensive transplant experience, with a history of good results. We also offer many options, including living donor transplants. Living donor transplants can help you get a transplant sooner. Learn more about transplant surgery.
  • Care that meets your needs: We help you get the care you need close to work and home. You can find Geisinger hospitals and clinics throughout the region. Many of our facilities are newly renovated. If you need chemotherapy, you may be able to receive treatment in heated chairs with individual TVs. Many locations offer iPads you can use while receiving treatment.

Treatment options

We deliver surgical and non-surgical treatments to fight cancer, while minimizing the risk of complications that could affect your daily life.

  • Chemotherapy : Strong drugs destroy cancer cells, prevent them from spreading or slow their growth.
  • Cancer clinical trials : Get access to potentially life-saving treatments by participating in a national clinical research study.
  • Liver transplant : Surgeons replace a liver that is no longer functioning with a healthy donor liver.
  • Radiation therapy : This treatment uses radiation (X-ray) beams to destroy cancer cells.
  • 3-D conformal radiation therapy (3-D CRT) : We use special technology to position radiation beams so they precisely match irregularly shaped tumors. 
  • Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) : We use sophisticated technology to tailor the shape and intensity of high-dose radiation beams.
  • Surgery : Pediatric surgeons remove tumors without harming nearby organs or tissues.
  • Targeted therapy : We deliver high doses of radiation therapy with the help of tiny beads we inject into the tumor.

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