Health conditions

Upper gastro intestinal cancer

Approximately 750 people are diagnosed with upper gastro intestinal (UGI) cancers in Western Australia each year.

UGI cancer includes cancer of the:

  • oesophagus
  • stomach
  • small bowel
  • pancreas
  • gallbladder
  • primary liver
  • intra and extra hepatic bile ducts.


Diagnosing an UGI cancer can be complex and you may require a number of tests before a diagnosis can be confirmed.

Tests may include:


Treatment is also complex and may include:

  • chemotherapy
  • radiation therapy
  • surgery.

You may be required to attend numerous appointments, across different hospitals.

Helping you on your cancer journey

The UGI Cancer Nurse Coordination Service is a free statewide service aimed at supporting you and your family through diagnosis and treatment.

The specialist UGI cancer nurse can:

  • provide and explain information on your diagnosis and treatment
  • liaise and link with other services within the treating hospital and the wider community
  • coordinate your care and appointments
  • act as a central point of contact.

This service is available Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm.

The specialist UGI cancer nurse can be contacted on 6457 0855.

More information

  • Cancer Council WA Helpline
    Phone: 13 11 20
    Provides, counselling and a comprehensive range of information, services and resources.
  • WA Psycho-Oncology Service
    Phone: 9382 7480
    A clinical psychology service that offers a confidential, free counselling service to patients and families living with cancer.
  • Solaris Care
    Phone: 9346 7630
    Provides counselling and complementary therapies for cancer patients and their families.


WA Cancer and Palliative Care Network

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