Lower gastrointestinal cancer

Should you be diagnosed with lower gastrointestinal cancer, we're dedicated to providing you with the highest level of personalised treatment and care, led by our team of experts
Endoscopy Senior Nurse, Novadeen Brown-Jones with trolley

Types of lower GI cancer

Colorectal/bowel cancer

Also known as bowel cancer, colorectal cancer is one of the most common types of cancer, affecting both men and women. It affects the large bowel, which is made up of the colon and rectum. Most bowel cancers develop from pre-cancerous growths, called polyps. However, not all polyps develop into cancer and they may be removed to prevent them becoming cancerous.

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Gastrointestinal carcinoid tumour

This type of tumour is very rare. It affects the neuroendocrine system which regulates hormones to control how the body’s organs function. We’re one of the few places that offers highly specialised care for this type of tumour, also known as a neuroendocrine tumour (NET).

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Need to know 

The different types of lower GI cancer can have different symptoms.

 The most common include:

  • persistent change in bowel habits including bleeding
  • nausea
  • abdominal pain
  • weight loss

Having any of these symptoms does not necessarily mean you have cancer. However, it is important that you visit your GP so a referral for diagnosis can be made. Early detection can be crucial to successful treatment outcomes.

A fast and accurate diagnosis can help make sure you get the treatment that is best for you, so we make sure you have you have your results as quickly as possible, and our specialist team are on hand to plan your treatment.

Treatment will depend on the type and stage of cancer you have, and other factors such as your general health. At HCA UK you will looked after by a multidisciplinary team, including expert consultants, Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs), allied health professionals and various other cancer specialists. This team will work together to create a treatment plan tailored to your medical needs.

We offer the latest treatments and have access to ground-breaking clinical trials. Your treatment plan may include:

  • surgery (including minimally invasive techniques)
  • chemotherapy
  • radiotherapy
  • clinical trials

Our Lower gastrointestinal cancer locations

The Harley Street Clinic

The Harley Street Clinic

35 Weymouth Street W1G 8BJ London
University College Hospital Private Care

University College Hospital Private Care

Grafton Way Building, 1 Grafton Way WC1E 6AG London
Private Care at Guy's

Private Care at Guy's

London Bridge Hospital Private Care at Guy's SE1 9RT London
The Shard Outpatients

The Shard Outpatients

The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street SE1 9BS London
The Wellington Hospital

The Wellington Hospital

8A Wellington Place NW8 9LE London
The Christie Private Care

The Christie Private Care

Wilmslow Road M20 4BX Manchester

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.