Gastro-Intestinal (GI) cancer refers to a group of cancers that affect the digestive system. They include the cancers of the Upper GI affecting the oesophagus, stomach, small intestine, cancers of the Hepatobiliary and Pancreas (HPB) affecting the gallbladder, liver, pancreas, Colorectal cancers affecting the bowel (large intestine or colon and rectum), and cancers affecting the anus.
The WHO reports indicate that GI cancers are the 2nd most common cause of cancer deaths after lung cancer with the most important reason being the failure to detect at an early stage.
Relatively less reported in the past, there has been an increased incidence of GI cancers in India due to significant changes in lifestyle predominantly due to alcohol abuse, tobacco use (through both smoking and smokeless use such as chewing tobacco), changes in dietary patterns, such as low-fiber diets, an increase in meat consumption (including chicken), and exposure to higher levels of pollution (ICMR, 2016). Early screening and detection helps in improving the survival rate of patients.
Most of the GI cancers, if not all,usually starts as benign lesions such as polyps which can last for a few years before it develops into cancer
Therefore there is a great opportunity to eradicate GI cancers provided they are detected early and removed before they develop into cancers.
Furthermore, the 5 - year survival rate following treatment is much higher at earlier stages of the cancer.Earlier cancers have better outcomes and treated with minimally invasive techniques that are associated with lower morbidity and earlier return to normal life.
While you will not be able to control genetic factors related to head and neck cancers , there are some ways in which you can reduce your overall risk of developing cancer:
- If you fall in the at-risk category for any of the head and neck cancers mentioned before, make sure you get screened once a year.
- Perform regular self-examinations and consult a doctor if you observe any abnormalities
- Reduce alcohol consumption
- Adopt a healthy lifestyle
- Avoid tobacco intake
- Quit Smoking. If you are a smoker, you are at a 15% greater risk of head and neck cancers
- Maintain good oral hygiene
Our technological development brings you innovative head and neck cancer treatments and technologies, all under one roof. The experts at Cytecare use high-end, modern diagnostic tools like advanced imaging and laboratory tests, to evaluate head and neck cancer. Such diagnostic evaluation takes about three to five days.
Based on the findings of these tests, a comprehensive treatment plan is designed, keeping in mind the needs and constrains of your body. The individually designed plan includes advanced medical treatments and technologies, combined with supportive care services to help reduce side effects and maintain the strength of the body, mind and spirit.