Detecting and Treating Esophageal and Stomach Cancer
At this time there is no definitive screening available for the detection of stomach cancer. It is often diagnosed after a number of other potential diagnoses have been considered and then ruled out. Doctors work closely with patients and other members of their team to identify the correct diagnosis. If cancer is detected then additional tests may be necessary to determine what type it is, how many tumors are present, and how far the cancer has advanced. Once this information is known, patients in Phoenix seeking esophageal and stomach cancer treatment visit the CyberKnife and Radiation Oncology Center for specialized care solutions.
Recognizing Symptoms of Stomach and Esophageal Cancer
Many symptoms are associated with stomach and esophageal cancer, although they can also indicate other diseases or conditions; speaking with a doctor is important if you experience these or other symptoms:
- Blood in stool
- Blood in vomit
- Indigestion and vomiting
- Feeling full after small meals
- Decrease in appetite
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal pain
Biopsies and imaging may be used to gather more information about the patient’s health; the results may confirm the presence of cancer or may indicate another condition.
Treating Stomach Cancer
Cases of esophageal and stomach cancer may be treated with surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, or with a combination of these strategies. Stomach cancer is not always caught in its early stages when it is most treatable; therefore a combination of approaches is likely to be recommended by your treatment team. Together with the surgeons, oncologists, nurses, and physician assistants that make up a treatment team, patients can fight back against a cancer diagnosis.
Several treatment solutions for esophageal and stomach cancer currently exist and some of the best providers in the field are working at our Phoenix cancer center. Speaking with a member of our team is a good way to explore which options might be best suited to treat a specific variety of cancer.
Answers From Experts
Contact the Phoenix CyberKnife and Radiation Oncology Center today to schedule an appointment with a doctor or another member of our team.