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Last Updated: 10/10/18


SPOREs in GI cancers focus on translational research in the gastrointestinal system and include cancers of the colon, rectum, stomach, esophagus, small intestine, liver, gallbladder and other digestive organs. Over 304,930 newly diagnosed cases of cancer in the digestive system and 153,030 deaths are expected in the United States in the year 2016, according to American Cancer Society estimates. Colorectal cancer is the 3rd leading cause of cancer death and is expected to cause 50,270 deaths in the United States in 2016. Currently, GI SPOREs focus on cancers of the colon, rectum, esophagus, liver, gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST), and pancreas, which account for the majority of new diagnoses.