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Colon, Rectal, and Gastrointestinal Cancer Care

Cancer of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, including the colon and rectum, is very common.

GI cancers affect about 250,000 people per year in the United States. Doctors diagnose an additional 142,700 people with colorectal cancers.

At UPMC CancerCenter, interdisciplinary oncologists who specialize in these cancers offer a full range of state-of-the-art treatments, including:

What are Colorectal and Gastrointestinal Cancers?

Cancer is the result of quick and abnormal cell growth.

GI cancers form when malignant cells grow in certain tissues of the GI system.

Colorectal cancers form when malignant cells grow in the colon or the rectum.

Because these diseases are closely related, they make up a distinct family of cancers.

Why Choose UPMC for Colorectal and GI Cancer Care?

At UPMC CancerCenter:

  • We work with you and with your referring doctor to tailor a treatment plan to meet your needs and goals.
  • Our multidisciplinary team addresses the many aspects of GI and colorectal cancers in a coordinated way to provide complete, compassionate care at every stage.
  • Our partner is the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI). UPCI is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in western Pennsylvania. This means you have access to the latest colorectal and GI cancer treatments through clinical trials. Many of these treatments may not be available elsewhere.

To learn more or make an appointment for colorectal and GI cancer care at UPMC CancerCenter, call 412-647-2811.

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Types of Colorectal and GI Cancer

Colorectal and GI cancers include cancer of the stomach, colon, rectum, small intestine, gallbladder, bowels, and anus.

Read about the types of colorectal and GI cancers.
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Colorectal Cancer Screenings and Exams

Colorectal cancer is 90 percent preventable with one life-saving test — a colonoscopy.

Learn about colorectal cancer screenings.
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Colorectal and GI Cancer Treatment Program

Our colorectal and GI cancer experts create individual treatment plans to help you through diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up.

Learn about our Colon and GI Cancer Treatment Program.
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Treatments for Colorectal and GI Cancer

UPMC CancerCenter offers many treatments for colorectal and GI cancers including medical oncology, radiation, and surgery.

Find colorectal and GI cancer treatment options.