Diagnosis of Stomach cancer

Diagnosis of Stomach test includes some blood tests, imaging studies and biopsy. If you are interested to know the detail of cancer then just follow this link what is Stomach cancer?

The doctor suggest the test just after administrating the physical examination of patient and in this way he try to determine the cause of Stomach cancer. The doctor also consider certain factors such as age, previous test result , severity of symptoms before recommending the test to the patient.

Blood test used in the Diagnosis process of Stomach Tumor:

Here are some tests that are employed during the Stomach Cancer Diagnosis:

Fecal occult blood test

It is administered to get the clear indication of stomach cancer or other gastrointestinal cancers. In this test the doctor detect microsopic blood in the stool.

Complete blood count (CBC)

A very simple test in which the counting of white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets are performed by the physician.

Other test for the diagnosis of Stomach Cancer:

Barium Swallow:

This test is used along with x-ray, a thick chalky liquid barium is swallowed by the patient that coats the esophagus and stomach area. In this way the abnormal areas are highlighted on the x-ray film.

Gastroscopy:

In Gastroscopy  , the physician inserted, gastroscope, a thin flexible tube  that has the light and camera on the tip , into the stomach by the way of mouth and esophagus. With the mean if this tube the physician find it easy to see inside stomach and thereby come to know about the stomach tumor growth.

Sometimes the biopsy, the removal of a sample tissue for microscopic examination by pathologist, is performed together with gastroscopy. This is made possible by passing a small instrument into the tube. During this procedure, the doctor uses the local anesthetic.

Imaging tests used for the diagnosis of Stomach cancer are as follows:

  • X-ray:
  • This test is performed to take the inside picture of the body. The doctor may suggest the chest x-ray so that he came to know whether the tumor is spread to lungs or not.
  • Computed Tomography (CT scan or CAT scan)
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Positron Emissin Tomography PET scan
  • Laparoscopy

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