Gastrointestinal Cancers

Gastrointestinal cancers affect the digestive tract and associated organs of digestion -- the esophagus, liver, stomach, gall bladder, large and small intestines and rectum.

The Hartford HealthCare Digestive Health Center, working with the Cancer Institute, helps identify cases of gastrointestinal cancer, which are often linked to the bacterium Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and chronic heartburn.


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Symptoms of Gastrointestinal Cancer

There are typically no symptoms of gastrointestinal cancer in the early stages.
As the disease progresses, symptoms can include:

  • Indigestion and stomach pain that worsens after you eat
  • Feeling bloated after eating
  • Feeling full after eating very little
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Severe and chronic heartburn or indigestion
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Blood in the stool
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Jaundice
  • Ascites, or a buildup of fluid in the abdomen
  • Trouble swallowing

Types of Gastrointestinal Cancer


Diagnosing Gastrointestinal Cancer

We use several procedures and tests diagnose the various types of gastrointestinal cancer, including:

  • Blood chemistry studies
  • Upper endoscopy
  • Upper GI series using a barium swallow
  • CT scan
  • Biopsy

Treating Gastrointestinal Cancer

Treatment for gastrointestinal cancer depends on the location of the disease and how advanced it is. Typically, we will treat with a combination of surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy or immunotherapy. If your cancer has reached Stage IV, surgery usually is not the primary treatment.


Gastrointestinal Cancers 
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance

We offer the latest treatments through our ongoing membership in the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Alliance, which gives you access to the latest standards of care and clinical trials.

The MSK Alliance

Support at the Cancer Institute

The Cancer Institute offers whatever you and your family need on your journey, whether it’s access to an oncology social worker, a nurse navigator to coordinate your care or the support of our Patient and Family Resource Center.


Locations

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HHC Cancer Institute at Hartford Hospital

Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center
79 Retreat Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
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Backus Hospital Infusion Center

Hartford HealthCare
584 Norwich Road Suite 200
Plainfield, CT 06374
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HHC Cancer Institute - Plainville, Medical
Oncology, Infusion Services

Medical Arts Building
201 North Mountain Road Suite 202
Plainville, CT 06062
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HHC Cancer Institute at St. Vincent's Medical
Center - Bridgeport, Breast Center

Hartford HealthCare St. Vincent's Medical Center
2800 Main Street 4th Floor
Bridgeport, CT 06606
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HHC Cancer Institute at The Hospital of Central
Connecticut - Torrington, Medical Oncology

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital
540 Litchfield Street 6th Floor
Torrington, CT 06790
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HHC Cancer Institute - Manchester, Thoracic
Cancer

Hartford HealthCare
376 Tolland Turnpike Suite 202
Manchester, CT 06042
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HHC Cancer Institute - Manchester, Breast
Cancer, Colorectal Cancer

Hartford HealthCare
376 Tolland Turnpike Suite 202
Manchester, CT 06042
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HHC Cancer Institute at St. Vincent's Medical
Center - Bridgeport, Medical Oncology

Hartford HealthCare St. Vincent's Medical Center
2800 Main Street 3rd Floor
Bridgeport, CT 06606
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Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute