Gastrointestinal cancers afflict a fairly large segment of human population throughout the globe. In 2012 alone, 1.41 million cases of gastrointestinal cancer were present globally. Treatment of this cancer in India presents no challenges: in-fact, it is much like the treatment in western countries and that too at a fraction of the cost incurred abroad. This makes India a choice destination for people seeking treatment of gastrointestinal cancer.

1. Overview

Gastrointestinal cancer is a term for cancer of a wide range of cancers of gastrointestinal tract and accessory organs of digestion such as oesophagus, stomach, biliary system, pancreas, small intestine, large intestine, rectum and anus. The symptoms displayed by the patient can relate to the affected organ and can include obstruction (leading to difficulty swallowing or defecation), abnormal bleeding and other related symptoms. Treatment depends upon the stage of the cancer, location of the tumour as well as the type of cancer cell and whether it has metastasized to other parts of the body. To sum it up, cancers of the Gastrointestinal tract and accessory organs of digestion develop more cancers that any other part of the body and are responsible for more deaths than any other system in the body. Geographic variations are significant in rates of different gastrointestinal cancers.