Detection and Treatment

Detecting and Treating Esophageal and Stomach Cancer

There are some types of cancers that can be screened for or detected with a simple examination. Sometimes cancer is caught because patients come to their doctors for regular physical exams or because they have been troubled by unusual or painful symptoms. In Palmer esophageal and stomach cancer treatment begins with detection. Patients may experience feelings of fullness even after small meals or see blood in vomit or stool. A faint abdominal pain just above the belly button is another symptom that could indicate the presence of cancer.

Several screenings and tests might be used to detect esophageal and stomach cancer, including:

  • Biopsy
  • Upper endoscopy (this may be combined with a biopsy)
  • Endoscopic ultrasound
  • Fecal occult blood test
  • Upper GI series

Some patients may wish to seek a second opinion on a cancer diagnosis because they feel uncomfortable with the course of treatment outlined by a doctor or because the doctor making the diagnosis is not a cancer expert. Seeking a second opinion can be especially important if you have been diagnosed with a rare variety of cancer. Speaking with multiple doctors can help you learn more about which course of treatment is best for you.

Treating Stomach Cancer

Stomach cancer can be treated with chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery, targeted therapy, or a combination of these approaches. Because stomach cancer is not always detected in its earliest and most treatable stages, a combination of treatment solutions is often utilized. Care teams consist of many different experts working together to develop the optimal approach for each patient. Patients can speak with each member of their care team, including surgeons, to learn more about how treatment will progress.

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