Usually, you begin by seeing your GP (family doctor). Sometimes, people are diagnosed with stomach cancer after being admitted to hospital with a symptom that’s making them unwell.
At your appointment, the GP will examine you and arrange any tests that you need. If they think your symptoms may be serious, they’ll arrange immediate tests or an urgent referral to a specialist doctor at the hospital. You will usually see a doctor called a gastroenterologist who specialises in treating stomach and digestive problems. The doctor will ask you about your symptoms and your general health before examining you. You may also see a gastrointestinal nurse specialist.
You’ll have blood tests taken to check your general health and to find out if you are anaemic (low red blood cells). Your doctor will arrange for you to have a test called an endoscopy to look at the inside of your stomach. Some people may also have a test called a barium meal, which helps to show the stomach more clearly on an x-ray.