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Upper GI Cancers

Upper GI Cancers are commonly treated with radiation therapy.  The technology we use and the number of treatments depends on how advanced the tumor is (stage) and what type of symptoms you have (if any). 

 

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with Upper GI Cancer, click the link below to request a consultation with a Coastal Radiation Oncologist. 

  • Typical Treatments

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  • What To Expect

    Once your doctors have determined that radiation therapy may be part of the treatment plan for your Upper GI Cancer, there will be a few steps to allow the radiation oncology team to begin treatment safely. 

     

    These include:

     

     - CT simulation
     - Treatment plan design (dosimetry)

     - Verification

     - Start of daily treatments

     - Weekly doctor visits with your radiation oncologist

  • Side Effects

    Short term:

     

    Side effects are usually temporary and typically go away shortly after treatment ends. Below is a list of possible side effects you might notice during your treatment.

    More likely

    • Fatigue

    • Skin irritation/redness

    • Pain with swallowing

    • Increased acid reflux sensation

    • Nausea/vomiting

     

    Less likely

    • Cough

    • Shortness of breath

     

    Long term:

    After the short-term side effects of radiation therapy resolve, others may become noticeable months or years later.

    More likely

    • Darkening of skin

    • Difficulty swallowing due to esophageal scarring

     

    Less likely

    • Cough

    • Shortness of breath

  • More Information

    For more information about the diagnosis and treatment of bladder cancer, please visit the following websites:

     RT Answers   
    https://www.rtanswers.org/Cancer-Types/Upper-GI-Cancers

    American Cancer Society

    https://www.cancer.org/cancer/gastrointestinal-carcinoid-tumor.html

    Cancer.Net
    https://www.cancer.net/cancer-types/gastrointestinal-stromal-tumor-gist

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