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What kind of tests do I need to take to test to check for stomach cancer?

What kind of tests do I need to take to test to check for stomach cancer?

Endoscopy: There are no blood tests etc, that can be used to check for stomach cancer. In the us, the only test that can check for stomach cancer is an upper endoscopy. In this procedure, a thin scope is placed down the mouth and into the stomach. A gastroenterologist then closely examines the entire stomach and biopsies any suspicious areas. ...Read more

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What test do you need to have to take to find out if you have stomach cancer?

What test do you need to have to take to find out if you have stomach cancer?

Endoscopy and/or: Upper GI series with barium. Stomach cancer can be detected by visualization of the stomach through and endoscope and biopsy of suspicious lesions for examination by a pathologist. X-rays may detect an abnormality but endoscopy will be needed for biopsy. ...Read more

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My mother died of stomach cancer at age 34. Is there a genetic test I can take to see if I will get it and likelihood of early death etc?

My mother died of stomach cancer at age 34. Is there a genetic test I can take to see if I will get it and likelihood of early death etc?

No routine test: It is possible but it is rare to have hereditary Stomach cancer. So it is unlikely that you have much risk for it. If you want to pursue it further, you should see a Gastroenterologist who can counsel you and may even find a genetic counselor to guide you further. An upper Endoscopy(EGD) can be done easily to look inside your stomach and also do a biopsy for H.Pylori infection which can cause Canc ...Read more

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Chronic gastritis/ulcers/irritation not caused by H. pylori can still lead to stomach cancer. What diagnosis tests would help check for cancer in this case?

Chronic gastritis/ulcers/irritation not caused by H. pylori can still lead to stomach cancer.  What diagnosis tests would help check for cancer in this case?

Stomach CA: If someone knows that you have chronic gastritis they have already been down your throat with a scope. Further recommendations for repeat scope should be driven by those with direct visualization of your stomach. That would be the only way to test for cancer. ...Read more

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Could I have stomach cancer? What are the tests for it?

Could I have stomach cancer? What are the tests for it?

HOPEFULLY NOT: The best exam is an upper endoscopy which allows for direct visualization on the stomach and for biopsy if a suspicious lesion is seen. ...Read more

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Would an upper GI test show stomach cancer?

Would an upper GI test show stomach cancer?

Endoscopy: Is preferred test for diagnosis of stomach cancer. A barium upper GI series is not as sensitive. Biopsy can also be done during endoscopy. ...Read more

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Can ultrasound test reveal stomach cancer?

Can ultrasound test reveal stomach cancer?

Endoscopic : Endoscopic ultrasound can be used to diagnose cancer and get biopsies. Regular ultrasound is not so useful in this case. ...Read more

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Are there any stomach cancer and colon cancer molecular screening tests?

Are there any stomach cancer and colon cancer molecular screening tests?

Yes : Colon cancer can be genetic and there a re criteria that can apply and genetic testing is available. There is also a blood level you can check called cea . For stomach cancer like adenocarcina there is no genetic testing. There are familial syndromes like men that can cause stomach tumors called gastronomas or ze syndrome. If concerned can talk to your doctor. But overall these things very rare. ...Read more

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What are the major symptoms of stomach cancer and what are the blood tests required for diagnosis?

What are the major symptoms of stomach cancer and what are the blood tests required for diagnosis?

No good blood tests: Stomach cancer can be quite advanced before it causes any symptoms. The main symptoms would be vomiting, feeling full with less amount of food eaten, anemia from the blood loss and fatigue. The best test to diagnose it is an upper endoscopy. ...Read more

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How do doctors say that a person has stomach cancer just by a blood test?

How do doctors say that a person has stomach cancer just by a blood test?

Diagnosis: Of stomach cancer or any solid cancer cannot be made on basis of blood test alone. Usually a tissue biopsy is required for diagnosis, except in rare cases or in blood cell malignancies such as leukemia. ...Read more

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What are reliable tests for diagnosing stomach cancer? Knowing h pylori is common,  how can I get tested for it?

What are reliable tests for diagnosing stomach cancer? Knowing h pylori is common,  how can I get tested for it?

Upper Endoscopy: The gold standard test for diagnosing stomach cancer is upper endoscopy. In countries where stomach cancer is more common, such as japan, the entire population is screened for this cancer, much like what we recommend for colon ca. H pylori testing (the bacteria responsible for ulcer disease) can be done directly during upper endoscopy or through blood tests (or a breath test). ...Read more

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How often should I have an endoscopy test? My grandfather had stomach cancer, grandmother died from oesophageal cancer and mother suffers from ulcers.

How often should I have an endoscopy test? My grandfather had stomach cancer, grandmother died from oesophageal cancer and mother suffers from ulcers.

Endoscopy: There is no standard guideline for how often you should have an endoscopy in this situation. In the absence of barrett's esophagus, h pylori, or symptoms there is generally no clear indication for recurrent endoscopy. ...Read more

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Age 21, stomach cancer possible? Abdominal ultrasound was clear, and abdominal physical test was okay i think, very scared! please help!

Age 21, stomach cancer possible?  Abdominal ultrasound was clear, and abdominal physical test was okay i think, very scared! please help!

Unlikely: Without a further history, it is difficult to say what you might or might not have. It would be very uncommon for someone your age to have any of the cancers that would typically cause abdominal pain. Depending on your other symptoms, your doctors can order additional studies if they feel it is necessary.For more information www.Askyourgynecologist.Org. ...Read more

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How rare is a positive cdh1 test? My dad & two of his siblings died of stomach cancer before 40, youngest was 21. Considering genetic testing

How rare is a positive cdh1 test? My dad & two of his siblings died of stomach cancer before 40, youngest was 21. Considering genetic testing

Just get it: You have asked more than once and this shows determination. That is commendable. It may be pricey but you want to know. Just that desire, well educated, is reason enough. A clinical geneticist may be a helpful guide. ...Read more

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Ct scan of abdomen and pelvic with contrast the best test for stomach cancer?

Ct scan of abdomen and pelvic with contrast the best test for stomach cancer?

May not: Be the beat choice, but can be one test performed. The ct scan may show stomach thickening but that finding can be non-apecific. Beat option is endoscopy and biopsy of the stomach. ...Read more

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Went to ER to gsve blood test and catscan. They where looking for kidney stones. Would colon or stomach cancer show up? If it was there would thy see

Went to ER to gsve blood test and catscan. They where looking for kidney stones. Would colon or stomach cancer show up? If it was there would thy see

Not typically: The blood work in your situation could show anemia, which still requires further tests. A large colon mass or stomach mass could be seen on a study for kidney stone, but it is unlikely. Ct scans are good at looking at parts of the body that are more solid and less tube like. Endoscopy is still better for all of these situation. ...Read more

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