Upper gastrointestinal cancer

Upper gastrointestinal (GI) cancers include cancer of the oesophagus, stomach, small bowel, pancreas, liver or biliary system. We provide expert diagnosis, treatment and care for all types of upper GI cancer

Types of upper GI cancer

Oesophageal cancer

Oesophageal cancer is cancer of the gullet, the tube that connects the stomach to the mouth. There are two main types: squamous cell carcinoma and adenocarcinoma.

Stomach cancer

About 95 per cent of stomach cancers are adenocarcinoma, meaning they start in the glands of the stomach lining. We’re able to provide specialist care for all stomach cancers.

Pancreatic cancer

The pancreas is part of the digestive system and sits in the upper part of the abdomen. There are various types of pancreatic cancer, the most common being ductal adenocarcinoma.

Gallbladder cancer

Gallbladder cancer is a rare form of upper GI cancer that most commonly occurs in people over 70.

Need to know

  • Symptoms of upper gastrointestinal cancer icon plus

    During your consultation, your consultant will discuss any symptoms you are experiencing and advise on the most appropriate diagnostic tests. Symptoms will vary depending on the type of cancer you have but common symptoms of upper GI cancers may include:

    • unexplained weight loss
    • loss of appetite
    • difficulty swallowing
    • abdominal pain
    • changes in bowel habits

    It is important to remember that these symptoms can be related to other health conditions but it is important to rule out cancer quickly. 

  • Diagnosis icon plus

    There are a number of different tests used to diagnose upper GI cancers. Your consultant will advise you on the most appropriate tests, which may include: 

    • MRI scan
    • PET-CT scan
    • EUS (endoscopic ultrasound)
    • ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography)
    • Biopsy
  • Treatment options icon plus

    If you are diagnosed with a form of upper GI cancer, your consultant will discuss your treatment options with you. At HCA UK you will be looked after by a multidisciplinary team, including expert consultants, Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs), allied health professionals and other cancer specialists. This team will work together to create a treatment plan tailored to your medical needs.

    The treatments we offer for upper GI cancers include:

    • chemotherapy
    • radiotherapy
    • surgery

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.

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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