Diagnosing Stomach Cancer
How do doctors diagnose gastric cancer (stomach cancer)? In this video, Dr. Leon Yoder of Cancer Treatment Centers of America explains how gastroenterologists are able to diagnose this type of cancer.
Dr. Leon Yoder: The diagnosis of stomach cancer is made through endoscopy by an EGD. When we take a look into the stomach, we'll see areas that are inflamed. Sometimes they look like growths. Sometimes they're very flat. But usually, there's an abnormality that's quite obvious to a gastroenterologist. By taking biopsies of these areas that are abnormal looking, you can diagnose a stomach cancer. Not only can you diagnose it, but you'll know the type of stomach cancer that is present. The pathologist will tell us this is a specific type of cancer, and then we know what kind of treatment is going to be the best, whether it's going to be chemotherapy, radiation, whether it's going to be a surgical-type of treatment, or is it going to be ablative-type of treatment.