Gastrointestinal cancers will often show no symptoms early on because tumors will grow in the empty spaces of your GI tract. Symptoms of this digestive system disease won’t show until the tumor has reached a certain size in its specific location.

When symptoms appear, they will typically include

  • Bloating
  • Heartburn
  • Nausea
  • Indigestion
  • Dark, bloody stools
  • Vomiting blood
  • Cancer-related fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Weight loss

Your GI doctor will need to test and diagnose you in order to start treatment. Treatment options include chemotherapy, radiation, medications, and surgery.