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How can I be tested for stomach cancer?

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Tests for stomach cancer include:

  • Blood tests to look for signs of cancer in your body.
  • Upper endoscopy. Your doctor will put a thin, flexible tube with a small camera down your throat to look into your stomach.
  • Upper GI series test. You’ll drink a chalky liquid with a substance called barium. The fluid coats your stomach and makes it show up more clearly on X-rays.
  • CT scan. This is a powerful X-ray that makes detailed pictures of the inside of your body.
  • Biopsy. Your doctor takes a small piece of tissue from your stomach to look at under a microscope for signs of cancer cells. He might do this during an endoscopy.

From: Stomach Cancer WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute.

American Cancer Society.

Harvard School of Public Health.

MD Anderson Center at University of Texas.

 

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 18, 2017

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute.

American Cancer Society.

Harvard School of Public Health.

MD Anderson Center at University of Texas.

 

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 18, 2017

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