Cancer Treatment Centers of America

We're available 24/7
(800) 615-3055

Chat online with us

Chat now

Other ways to contact us

Video
chat
Have us
call you
(800) 615-3055

Have questions? Call (800) 615-3055 to speak to a cancer information specialist.
Or we can call you.

Digestive cancers: Esophageal gastroduodenoscopy

Video: Esophageal Gastroduodenoscopy for Digestive Cancers

Learn about an EGD for digestive cancers
View transcript

Dr. Leon Yoder: An EGD, also called esophageal gastroduodenoscopy, is a scope that we use to look into the esophagus, into the stomach, into part of the small intestine. That really helps us to diagnose cancer, especially involving the esophagus, cancer involving the stomach or even into the small intestine. It also allows us to look into the esophagus if anyone has difficulty swallowing. It's one of the very first things that you might want to do is consider an EGD is to look into the esophagus to see what's causing that difficulty swallowing. Is it a stricture? Is it a tumor? Is it inflammation? Or is it an infection? It's also the first thing that you would consider if someone is passing blood, like from an ulcer. So if you have an ulcer, oftentimes, an ulcer originates in the stomach or the small intestine. You can see that very clearly with an EGD.

Does it help to look only? It does help to look only, but you can do something about it. We have the means now if it's an ulcer that is bleeding, is to stop the bleeding. We can use injection of medication into the ulcer that will control the bleeding and oftentimes, we use cautery. Cautery means it's a technique where we apply heat over that bleeding area and that just dries the tissue up and stops the bleeding. So it's very helpful then to look for bleeding sites from an upper gastrointestinal source.

We also use the EGD to help us place stents. Oftentimes, when people are unable to swallow because of an obstructed mass in the esophagus, we can put a stent in. It keeps it open where you can swallow. You're able to swallow liquids. You can swallow solids. And during your treatment then, that stent will stay in. And then when the treatment is completed, the stent will come out, and then you'll be able to swallow. We also use the EGD to put stents in the small intestine. For instance, if there's an obstruction there beyond the stomach, where food goes into your stomach but it can't pass out, oftentimes, a stent can be placed in that area where the obstruction is to where you're able to swallow now.

We also use an EGD for different types of treatments. For instance, if we want to shrink down a tumor, we can shrink down a tumor by using an EGD and using different instruments.

Learn how an EGD, or esophageal gastroduodenoscopy, is used to help diagnose some digestive cancers and treat complications such as bleeding ulcers. Dr. Leon Yoder explains why this endoscopic tool is so important and how it helps doctors care for patients who have digestive cancers and disorders.

Show more Show less

Subcategories:

Acute lymphocytic leukemia: Medical animation
Acute myeloid leukemia: Medical animation
Bile duct cancer: Diagnosis
Bile duct cancer: Treatment
Bladder cancer: Medical animation
Bone cancer: Osteosarcoma medical animation
Breast cancer: Medical animation
Breast cancer: Naturopathic medicine
Breast cancer: Nutrition therapy
Breast cancer: Partial breast irradiation (APBI)
Breast cancer: Radiation therapy
Cervical Cancer Diagnostic Testing
Cervical cancer: Radiation therapy
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia: Medical animation
Chronic myeloid leukemia: Medical animation
Colon cancer: Diagnosis
Colon cancer: Medical animation
Colon cancer: Naturopathic medicine
Digestive cancers: Esophageal gastroduodenoscopy
Digestive cancers: Naturopathic medicine
Esophageal cancer: Diagnosis
Esophageal cancer: Medical animation
Esophageal cancer: Naturopathic medicine
Gastric cancer: Medical animation
Hodgkin lymphoma: Medical animation
Liver cancer: Diagnosis
Liver cancer: Medical animation
Liver cancer: Naturopathic medicine
Lung cancer: Medical animation
Lung cancer: naturopathic medicine
Lung cancer: Radiation therapy
Lung cancer: Treatments
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma: Medical animation
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma: Naturopathic medicine
Ovarian cancer: Medical animation
Ovarian cancer: Ovariectomy medical animation
Pancreatic cancer: Diagnosis
Pancreatic cancer: Endoscopic ultrasound
Pancreatic cancer: ERCP
Pancreatic cancer: Naturopathic medicine
Pancreatic cancer: Radiation therapy
Pancreatic cancer: Treatment
Prostate cancer: Calypso® medical animation
Prostate cancer: Medical animation
Prostate cancer: Naturopathic medicine
Prostate cancer: Prostate removal medical animation
Prostate cancer: Radiation therapy
Rectal cancer: Radiation therapy
Skin cancer: Medical animation
Stomach cancer: Ablative treatments
Stomach cancer: Diagnosis
Stomach cancer: Endoscopic ultrasound
Stomach cancer: Nutrition therapy
Stomach cancer: Nutritional support
Stomach cancer: Prevention
Stomach cancer: Radiation therapy
Stomach cancer: Risk factors
Stomach cancer: Staging & treatment
Stomach cancer: Symptoms
Uterine cancer: Hysterectomy medical animation
Uterine cancer: Medical animation
Your browser (Internet Explorer 7) is out of date. Learn how to update your browser.