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What is Gastro-Intestinal Cancer?

What Is Gastro-Intestinal (GI) Cancer?

Gastro-Intestinal (GI) cancer is a term for the group of cancers that affect the digestive system. This includes cancers of the oesophagus, gallbladder, liver, pancreas, stomach, small intestine, bowel (large intestine or colon and rectum), and anus.

GI cancer is the most common form of cancer. More than 24,000 Australians are diagnosed with it each year and 33 Australians die of it each day.

GI cancers do not discriminate between men and women.

The GI Cancer Institute aims to fundraise for, and raise awareness about GI cancer. It’s important that we improve survival rates for GI cancer.
    • Our survival rates are lower than for other more well known cancers. 
      The five-year survival rate of people with cancer of the stomach is 27%, bowel 67% – and only 6% of people contracting pancreatic        
      cancer live more than five years.
    • In 2012, more than 12,000 people died of gastro-intestinal cancers –more than twice the combined total for breast and prostate cancers.

Our clinical trials are designed to find better treatments.

Treatment for GI cancer will depend on the type of cancer, the stage or its development, and other health factors. Treatment commonly includes surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

More information is available on the GI Cancer Website:


Gastro-Intestinal Cancer Clinical Trials Save Lives

The GI Cancer Institute saves lives by raising awareness and funds for world-leading gastro-intestinal (GI) cancer clinical trials conducted here in Australia. GI cancer is a term for the group of cancers that affect the digestive system.

GI Cancer is the most common form of cancer in Australia; affecting the oesophagus, gallbladder, liver, pancreas, stomach and bowel (the bowel includes the small intestine, large intestine or colon, and rectum). GI cancer claims one Australian life every 45 minutes.

For more information about GI cancer visit www.gicancer.org.au

Free resources available for your club
To assist your members to prevent gastro-intestinal cancers, the GI Cancer Institute has a number of free resources for your club to take advantage of:

  • Community Forum
    The GI Cancer Institute will come to your club and present information at a Community Forum specially designed for your membership. This Community Forum will include information about GI cancer, research taking place in Australia, and prevention. The only cost to the club for a Community Forum is travel and an agreed to donation to support clinical trials research in Australia.

    Club Managers for more information contact nicky@gicancer.org.au
  • Booklets and Tips:
    The GI Cancer Institute has easy to read information on Pancreatic cancer, Bowel cancer and tips for family and friends of people living with GI cancer Club Managers for free resources on GI cancer share this link with your members to register for a free booklet