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Last Updated: 02/06/19

Gastrointestinal (GI) SPOREs

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 328,030 newly diagnosed cases of cancer in the digestive system and 165,460 deaths are expected in the United States in the year 2019, the American Cancer Society estimates. Colorectal cancer is particularly prevalent and represents 8.1% of all new cancer cases in the U.S. It is expected to cause 51,020 deaths in the United States in 2019. 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.