Gastrointestinal cancer screening
Tests are used to screen for different types of cancer.
Some screening tests are used because they have been shown to be helpful both in finding cancers early and in decreasing the chance of dying from these cancers. Other tests are used because they have been shown to find cancer in some people; however, it has not been proven in clinical trials that use of these tests will decrease the risk of dying from cancer.
There is no standard or routine screening test for stomach cancer.
Upper endoscopy has been studied as a screening test to find stomach cancer at an early stage. Upper endoscopy is a procedure to look inside the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum (first part of the small intestine) to check for abnormal areas. An endoscope, a thin, tube-like instrument with a light and a lens for viewing, is passed through the mouth and down the throat into the esophagus. It may also have a tool to remove tissue to be checked under a microscope for signs of disease.
Providence Gastrointestinal Cancer Program at Providence Cancer Center is a team of health care professionals and researchers striving to provide and promote expert care to people who have cancers of the gastrointestinal tract. We focus our attention and resources on people with cancers of the upper (esophagus and stomach), middle (pancreas, liver, gall bladder, bile ducts and small intestine) and lower (colon, rectum and anus) gastrointestinal tract.