The following are the most common tests used to help diagnose gastric cancer. Your physician will do a complete physical exam, and make the best recommendations for tests and treatment. Your physician may also refer you to a gastroenterologist, a doctor whose specialty is diagnosing and treating digestive problems.
Your doctor will ask about your personal and family health history, and perform a physical exam. You also may have:
- Complete Blood Count (CBC). Test to check for anemia.
- Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD). An examination of the lining of the esophagus, stomach, and upper duodenum with a small camera. Often done in conjunction with a biopsy.
- Stool Test. To check for blood in the stools.
- Upper Gastrointestinal (GI) Series. A set of x-rays taken to examine the esophagus, stomach and small intestine.
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