Colorectal and GI Cancer Treatment Options

People with cancers of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract — including the colon and rectum — have access to a full range of state-of-the-art treatments.

At UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, we work with you and your referring doctor to tailor a treatment plan to meet your needs and goals.

Doctors often diagnose GI cancer at later stages, and it can be hard to cure.

Treatment options vary based on the type and stage of your cancer.

Treatments for Colorectal and GI Cancer

Your colorectal or GI cancer treatment plan may include a mix of:

We may use chemo or radiation:

  • Before surgery to shrink the tumor.
  • After surgery to reduce the chances of the cancer spreading.

Palliative Care and Support Services

Throughout the colorectal or GI cancer treatment process, your quality of life matters. Talk to your doctor about supportive and palliative care services.

Palliative care is a branch of medicine that puts your quality of life at the forefront. It helps you manage symptoms throughout treatment, regardless of your prognosis.

You may also have changes in your diet as you go through cancer treatment. UPMC Hillman Cancer Center offers nutritional health services to help you design an eating plan that addresses limitations or issues.

Contact Us About Colon, Rectal, and Gastrointestinal Cancer 

To learn more about Colorectal and Gastrointestinal Cancers or to make an appointment, you can:


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Colorectal Cancer Specialty Care

Our colorectal and peritoneal cancer specialists care for people who have advanced or metastatic cancer. We also provide second opinions.

Learn more about Colorectal Cancer Specialty Care.