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

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.

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).

Need to know

  • Symptoms of lower gastrointestinal cancer icon plus

    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.

  • Diagnosis icon plus

    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 options icon plus

    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 consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.
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Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Contact our experienced cancer team

Any questions about our cancer services or treatment? We're happy to advise you or help you book an appointment with a cancer specialist consultant.

Call us on 

020 3553 9477
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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