Stomach (Gastric) Cancer Diagnosis

Accurate diagnosis is essential to choosing the best treatment for your type and stage of gastric cancer. Initial diagnostic tests for gastric cancer could include:

  • Physical examination
  • Medical history
  • Upper endoscopy with biopsy
  • Endoscopic ultrasound with fine needle aspiration

Imaging tests may be conducted in order to determine whether the cancer has spread or whether treatment has been effective, including:

  • Chest X-ray
  • Ultrasound
  • Computed tomography (CT) scan
  • CT-guided needle biopsy
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan
  • Positron emission tomography (PET) scan

Fox Chase Cancer Center radiologists and pathologists specializing in gastrointestinal cancer review all available diagnostic tests in order to make an informed diagnosis.

Gastrointestinal Risk Assessment

Fox Chase has a program for those with a family history of a high risk of gastrointestinal cancers for early detection and prevention (including tumors of the colon, rectum, stomach, pancreas, esophagus, liver and bile duct). Our team will help you detect and prevent gastrointestinal cancers by understanding your personal and family risk and teaching you ways to reduce those risks. Learn more

Risk Assessment and Genetic Testing

Fox Chase offers a Risk Assessment Program for individuals and families at risk for cancer and those with cancer. Our team of physicians, nurses and genetic counselors provides clinical and genetic evaluation and testing, screening and cancer risk-reduction services. To contact Fox Chase about these programs call 877-627-9684.

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