Diagnosing Stomach Cancer
- Support Throughout the Diagnostic Process
Our physicians, nurses and support staff are here to advise you, listen to you and calm your fears. Your physicians will explain your diagnosis and compassionately offer suggestions for treatment and care. They’re here for you.
Also available for counsel, support and guidance are nurse coordinators, oncology social workers and a pastoral team. They’ll help you navigate through the system and provide additional assistance, including:
- Social support
- Spiritual guidance
- Emotional support
- Practical advice
- Tips on coping
Call on them. They’re here for you.
Stomach cancer is also known as gastric cancer. Because early-stage gastric cancer rarely causes symptoms, it can be difficult to detect. It takes a team of experts working together to identify and evaluate your early-stage stomach cancer, when the chances of cure are high and before it spreads to other parts of your body.
Scott & White Healthcare offers you some of the best diagnostic radiologists and gastroenterologists in the nation. They’re specially trained in the latest imaging and diagnostic techniques for the detection and clinical assessment of stomach tumors. We are an experienced GI cancer center, diagnosing and treating hundreds of GI tumors a year.
Stomach Cancer Diagnostic Services
At Scott & White Healthcare, we use the most advanced diagnostic equipment and tests available to detect, identify and evaluate stomach tumors.
- Barium swallow/Upper GI series
- Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)
- Computed tomography (CT) scan
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan
- Positron emission tomography (PET) scan
- Chest x-ray
Physical and Laboratory Tests
- Physical examination and history. Your physician may begin with a thorough physical exam and medical history.
- Upper endoscopy (esophagogastroduodenoscopy or EGD)
- Diagnostic laparascopy. In this procedure, your surgeon will insert a very small high-definition camera attached to a small tube (laparoscope) into your abdomen to check whether your gastric cancer has spread to other areas of your abdomen.
- Blood tests. There are no blood tests that detect gastric cancer. However, patients with gastric cancer are often anemic, which may show up in blood tests. To determine whether you are anemic, your physician may order a complete blood count.