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Depending on where in the digestive tract it is located, gastrointestinal cancer may not produce symptoms until it has spread or grown.

Blood Tests

To make a diagnosis, your healthcare provider will need to get an in-depth personal and family health history and perform a physical exam to check for signs of disease. He or she will carefully evaluate your symptoms and may need to order blood tests to check for anemia (decreased red blood cells) and liver function, as well as other substances called tumor markers.

Imaging Tests

You may also undergo imaging tests such as a CT, MRI or PET scan, ultrasound, colonoscopy and endoscopy. If unusual areas are found, a biopsy may be needed.

Detecting gastrointestinal cancer early is crucial. Levine Cancer Institute has the most advanced diagnostic equipment available to help accurately diagnose and determine the extent of the disease.