If your GP thinks you may have cancer, you should be seen at the hospital within 2 weeks.
If the endoscopy shows that you might have cancer, you will see a specialist doctor. This is usually a surgeon who specialises in gastro-intestinal cancers. Or you may see a gastroenterologist who specialises in treating stomach and digestive problems. You may also see a specialist nurse.
You may have:
- Blood tests to check your general health
- Chest x-ray to check your general health
- Barium meal - for this, you drink a liquid called barium, which helps to show the stomach more clearly on an x-ray. You usually only have this test if you have not had an endoscopy.
The specialist doctor or nurse will talk to you about your endoscopy results and arrange further tests.
If the biopsy results from your endoscopy show there are cancer cells, your doctor will arrange more tests. These are to find out which layers of the stomach wall the cancer is in, and if it has spread outside the stomach. Further tests may include:
CT (computerised tomography) scan
Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)
A laparoscopy is a small operation done under general anaesthetic. The surgeon uses a camera (called a laparoscope) to look at the outside of the stomach, and the organs nearby. They may also take biopsies to check for cancer cells.
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