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The Florida Hospital Cancer Institute provides the lastest and most effective oncology services for gastrointestinal cancer in Orlando to residents of Central Florida and the surrounding regions. Gastrointestinal cancer occurs when abnormal cells develop in the digestive track, leading to the formation of tumors. Gastrointestinal cancer is uncommon in the United States, and the number of cases each year is declining. For more information about treatment for gastrointestinal cancer in Orlando, or to schedule an appointment, call (407) 303-1700 or click here to fill out an online assistance form.

Types of Gastrointestinal Cancer

Gastrointestinal cancers can occur in the: 

  • esophagus, stomach and pancreas
  • liver
  • bile ducts and gallbladder
  • colon and rectum

Esophagus, Stomach, and Pancreas Cancer

These three organs work in perfect harmony to aid in the first stages of digestion. Patients should be aware of risk factors for cancer of the esophagus, stomach 
or pancreas. These risk factors include a high intake of salted, dried or pickled foods, and tobacco and alcohol. Men are more likely to develop these cancers than women, and African American's have a greater risk of developing them than Caucasians. Treatment for cancers of the esophagus, stomach or pancreas include surgery, radiation therapy, or chemotherapy. 

Liver Cancer

The largest organ in the body, the liver aids in digestion by producing bile, filtering blood, and producing clotting agents for the blood. It also helps detoxify the body of chemicals, medications and poisons. Patients should be aware of risk factors for liver cancer, such as having had Hepatitis B or C, cirrhosis of the liver, and exposure to certain carcinogens (cancer causing agents). 

Bile Duct and Gallbladder Cancers

The bile duct connects the gallbladder and liver organs together. Bile is stored inside the gallbladder and aids in the digestion of fats. Patients should be aware of the risk factors for bile duct cancer, including aging, exposure to certain rare chemicals and disease of the bile ducts. The risk factors for gallbladder cancer include preexisting medical conditions such as gallstones, thyroid disease, and inflammatory bowel disease.

Colon and Rectal Cancers

The large intestine includes the colon and the rectum. The colon makes up the first six feet of the large intestine and the rectum makes up the next six inches of the large intestine. Patients should be aware of the risk factors for colon and rectal cancers, including family history, aging, a high-fat, low-fiber diet, physical inactivity, obesity, and tobacco use. Colon and rectal cancer are the most common cancers in the United States, 

Anal Cancer

Cancer may develop in the last part of the large intestine, in the anus (the opening to the outside of the body). Patients should be aware of the risk factors for anal cancer, including human papillomavirus, tobacco use, and aging. 

For more information about treatment for gastrointestinal cancer in Orlando, or to schedule an appointment, call (407) 303-1700 or click here to fill out an online assistance form.

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Patient Services for Gastrointestinal Cancer

The Florida Hospital Cancer Institute offers a comprehensive array of treatments and therapies for gastrointestinal cancer. These services are available to you at no extra charge during diagnosis and treatment. These services assist patients with the practical and emotional challenges faced when undergoing treatment. For more information about patient services for gastrointestinal cancer in Orlando, or to schedule an appointment, call (407) 303-1700 or click here to fill out an online assistance form.

  • Individual and group counseling. Get support and education to deal with anxiety or depression during the period of illness adjustment, for both patient and caregiver
  • Stress management information
  • Home health care, hospice or other in-home care support referrals
  • Information about advanced directives; living will, health care power of attorney
  • Assistance in obtaining medical equipment and supplies
  • Assistance in accessing funding from support organizations (Financial disability information, medication assistance programs, as well as income interpretation issues)
  • Lodging referrals
  • Resources for wigs, prosthetic devices
  • Referrals to community mental health professional for long term care follow up

Insurance & Housing Issues

Your health insurance policy determines treatment coverage and limits. One of our insurance specialists will submit a formal written request to your insurance company to determine the extent of coverage for related costs. Other sources of funding are also available and we can help you investigate those alternate avenues.

Social and Psychological Support

Deciding to have a stem cell transplant gives rise to a host of physical, emotional, economic and vocational factors that will impact both you and your family. Caring, personalized guidance by our staff will help you navigate these issues as you learn to cope with the realities of your disease and what it will take to overcome them.

At your disposal is a full complement of professionals dedicated to maintaining and improving your physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing as you deal with this stressful chapter of your life. Psychologists, psychiatrists, child life specialists, social workers, clergy and a lodging coordinator are all available to help. Patients and family members will meet with a psychologist and social workers to develop a workable support plan to take forward with you.

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Request an Appointment

For more information about treatment for gastrointestinal cancer in Orlando, or to schedule an appointment, call (407) 303-1700 or click here to fill out an online assistance form.

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