Gastrointestinal Cancer Treatment Specialist

Compassionate Oncology Medical Group

Oncology & Hematology Specialists located in Century City, Los Angeles, CA

In the United States, gastrointestinal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths. To identify signs of cancer in its earliest stages, Compassionate Oncology Medical Group offers preventive screenings in-office. Shahrooz Eshaghian, MD, customizes advanced gastrointestinal cancer treatment plans for anal cancer, esophageal cancer, colon cancer, and other types of gastrointestinal cancers. Dr. Eshaghian uses chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery to protect your gastrointestinal health and prevent the spread of cancer. Learn more about gastrointestinal cancer treatment options. Request an appointment online or call the office in the Century City neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, today.

Gastrointestinal Cancer Treatment Q & A

What is gastrointestinal cancer?

Gastrointestinal cancer develops in the gastrointestinal system. While Compassionate Oncology Medical Group offers services to diagnose and treat any gastrointestinal cancer, the most common types include:

Anal cancer

Anal cancer starts in the cells around or just inside the anal opening. These cells may grow abnormally and spread outside of the anus.

Human papillomavirus (HPV) infections are a common risk for this disease. Other risk factors for anal cancer can include being over 55, smoking, and having anal fistulas or other inflammatory anal conditions. Anal sex and sex with multiple partners can also increase your chance of anal cancer.

Colon cancer

Colon cancer starts as polyps in the lining of your colon (large intestine). The polyps may turn cancerous because of genetic mutations in the DNA of the cells.

Other risk factors for colon cancer include age, having Crohn’s disease or other chronic inflammatory diseases, or poor dietary habits.

Esophageal cancer

Esophageal cancer starts in the cells that line the esophagus, the tube that connects your mouth to your stomach.

This type of cancer is most common in people over 55, and men are more likely to develop esophageal cancer than women. In addition, smoking, obesity, and consuming alcohol may increase your risk for the disease.

What are the symptoms of gastrointestinal cancer?

In the early stages, gastrointestinal cancer may not cause symptoms. However, if the tumors grow larger or the cancer spreads, you may experience a variety of symptoms that affect the health and function of your gastrointestinal system, such as:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unexplained weight changes
  • Persistent nausea and vomiting
  • Vomiting blood or passing blood in stool

If you have any of these symptoms, you should schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Compassionate Oncology Medical Group.

Dr. Eshaghian can also perform preventive screenings to detect early warning signs of gastrointestinal cancer before you have symptoms. 

You may need routine screenings if you have a family history of the disease or other risk factors for anal, esophageal, colon, or different types of cancer.

What gastrointestinal cancer treatment is right for me?

Your gastrointestinal cancer treatment plan depends on the type of cancer you have and whether it spreads to other areas of your body. Dr. Ehaghian tailors a program to your needs, focusing on destroying cancerous cells and preventing them from spreading.

If you have precancerous polyps in your colon or cancerous tumors in other areas of your gastrointestinal system, you may need surgery to remove them. 

However, if the growths aren’t accessible, Dr. Eshaghian may use chemotherapy, radiation, or precision oncology therapies like immunology to kill the cancerous cells. 

To find out more about the gastrointestinal cancer treatment options available, call Compassionate Oncology Medical Group to schedule a consultation or request an appointment online today.