Gastrointestinal Cancer Specialist

Athens Digestive Healthcare Associates -  - Board Certified Gastroenterologist

Athens Digestive Healthcare Associates

Board Certified Gastroenterologist & Hepatologist located in Watkinsville, GA serving the surrounding areas of Athens

If you’re dealing with any cancer of the esophagus, stomach, pancreas, small or large intestine, rectum, anus, or biliary system, it’s a form of gastrointestinal cancer. At Athens Digestive Healthcare Associates in Watkinsville, Georgia, board-certified gastroenterologist Asif M. Qadri, MD, provides diagnosis and support for those suffering from these forms of malignancy. Call the office or book an appointment online if you are living with gastrointestinal cancer.

Gastrointestinal Cancer Q & A

What is gastrointestinal cancer?

Gastrointestinal cancer is a collection of diseases that address organs contained within the digestive system. These include the:

  • Esophagus
  • Pancreas
  • Stomach
  • Colon
  • Rectum
  • Anus
  • Liver
  • Biliary system
  • Small intestine

Dr. Qadri is an expert at dealing with these organs and any irregularities within them. Call if you’re suffering a diagnosed malignancy or if you have symptoms that suggest a problem.

What are the types of gastrointestinal cancer?

Cancers that fall under Dr. Qadri’s specialty include:

Stomach cancer

Also known as gastric cancer, stomach affects your stomach and can spread to other organs such as your lymph nodes, liver, pancreas, small intestines, and colon.

Anal cancer

Anal cancer affects the anal canal, which rests at the end of your rectum and serves as space through which stool leaves your body.

Colorectal cancer

Colorectal cancer begins in the colon or rectum. They may begin as polyps, clumps, or irregular cells, on the inner lining of the colon or rectum.

Esophageal cancer

Esophageal cancer affects the esophagus — a hollow, muscular tube that connects your throat to your stomach.

Gallbladder and biliary tract cancer

The gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ that stores bile, which helps with digestion and fat absorption. The bile ducts transport this fluid to the liver. Both the gallbladder and the bile ducts can form cancerous cells.

Gastrointestinal stromal tumors

This type of cancer begins in interstitial cells, located in the walls of the gastrointestinal tract. These cells are part of the nervous system responsible for digesting food. Gastrointestinal stromal tumors often appear in the stomach and small intestine.

Liver cancer

Liver cancer affects the cells of the liver, the largest internal organ, causing its cells to grow uncontrollably. 

Pancreatic cancer

The tissues of the pancreas are subject to cancer. This organ has two types of cells that can become cancerous.

When should I suspect gastrointestinal cancer?

Your symptoms vary according to the type of cancer you may be experiencing. But, if you have any of the following, contact Dr. Qadri for evaluation:

  •  Abdominal pain
  • Chronic constipation or diarrhea
  • Change in stool color or blood in the stool
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes)
  • Heartburn
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Feeling bloated
  • Swallowing problems
  • Loss of appetite

Dr. Qadri can help you make lifestyle and dietary changes to prevent gastrointestinal cancer and offer treatment should it be detected.

Call the office of Athens Digestive Healthcare Associates if gastrointestinal cancer is a concern for you. Alternatively, you can book an appointment online.



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