Gastroenterology & GI Surgery

Welcome to the Mayo Clinic Gastroenterology & GI Surgery Page! With one of the largest group of digestive disease specialists in the world, Mayo Clinic has been recognized as the nation's best Gastroenterology & GI Surgery hospital by U.S. News & World Report. Follow the page to learn about clinical trials and up-to-date research, and find resources for all your gastroenterology needs. Our goal is to connect you to others, and become informed decision makers; so post a comment, share your story, own your health.

Apr 12, 2019

Perianal Fistula in Crohn’s Disease

By Kanaaz Pereira, Connect Moderator @kanaazpereira
Perianal fistulas are a common, disabling complication of Crohn’s disease. Symptoms include severe pain, fecal incontinence, drainage of pus, and reduced quality of life. Despite significant advances in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), the treatment of perianal fistulas remains a challenge. Anti-tumour necrosis factor (anti-TNF) biologic therapies, infliximab and adalimumab [...]
Mar 20, 2019

One Size Doesn't Fit All: Gut Bacteria & Weight Loss

By Kanaaz Pereira, Connect Moderator @kanaazpereira
The human body is host to a vast number of microbes – communities of bacteria, fungi, viruses. These complex, interconnected microorganisms together make up our microbiota. The biggest populations of microbes reside in the gut – the human gut microbiota consists of 100 trillion microbes! Dr. Purna Kashyap, M.D., and Dr. Vandana Nehra, [...]
Mar 4, 2019

Never Too Young – Colorectal Cancer in Young Adults

By Kanaaz Pereira, Connect Moderator @kanaazpereira
The American Cancer Society recently updated its colorectal cancer (colon cancer and rectal cancer) screening guidelines – current recommendations advise that people start regular screening at age 45. This change doesn’t come as a surprise, especially after a disturbing study showed that rates of colorectal cancer  among millennials  is on the rise in [...]
Feb 15, 2019

Road to Early Diagnosis for Pancreatic Cancer

By Kanaaz Pereira, Connect Moderator @kanaazpereira
A common thought is that pancreatic cancer is difficult to treat, and prognosis is often dismal. The National Cancer Institute estimates that 55,000 Americans will be diagnosed with cancer of the pancreas in 2019. Diagnosing pancreatic cancer early enough for effective treatment can be challenging for a number of reasons: [...]
Feb 12, 2019

Understanding Lynch Syndrome

By Kanaaz Pereira, Connect Moderator @kanaazpereira
Sometimes known as hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC), Lynch syndrome is an inherited condition that increases the risk of many types of cancer, especially colorectal cancer. Doctors estimate that around 3 out of every 100 colon cancers or endometrial cancers are caused by Lynch syndrome. Unfortunately, Lynch syndrome often goes [...]

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