Expert Diagnosis is Key!

Comprehensive evaluation with accurate diagnosis is the foundation for achieving highly successful outcomes. That’s why it’s important to seek care from a center that provides academic level care from a multidisciplinary, specialized team of gastrointestinal experts experienced in the accurate diagnosis of gastric cancer, as well as other complex gastrointestinal disorders.

Beginning with a thorough evaluation that includes a comprehensive physical exam, personal medical history review and state-of-the-art diagnostic workup, Hoag’s multidisciplinary team of board-certified, fellowship trained gastrointestinal experts carefully evaluate and pinpoint the nature of the issue, so the most appropriate personalized treatment options can be employed.

Hoag’s state-of-the-art diagnostic technologies provide our team with the latest modalities in the accurate diagnosis of gastric cancer and other disorders. Some of the progressive imaging studies that may be utilized include:

  • Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that allows a physician to look inside the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum (part of the small intestine). During an upper endoscopy, a thin, lighted tube called an endoscope is carefully guided down the esophagus. The endoscope transmits a high definition image to a monitor, so the physician can view the lining of these organs. Endoscopy allows physicians to visualize evidence of gastrointestinal disorders, as well as remove tissue samples for biopsy. Hoag-USC surgeons typically perform the endoscopy themselves in order to assess how much of the stomach is involved for surgical planning.
  • Biopsy is the removal of a sample of tissue for testing. This procedure is performed to definitively diagnose gastric cancer, and usually takes place via endoscopy.
  • Computed Tomography (CT) utilizes state-of-the-art x-rays to help determine the extent of the cancer and whether it encompasses the surrounding organs.
  • Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is a nuclear medicine imaging technique which produces a three-dimensional image that helps determine the extent of the cancer and whether it has spread to the lymph nodes.
  • Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) is a specialized endoscope that also has ultrasound capabilities. EUS can evaluate and assess the size of the tumor, lymph node status and Stage of the tumor.

It’s important to note that proper diagnosis of gastric cancer is critical to developing a successful treatment plan. That’s why it’s so important to seek proper evaluation and treatment from a healthcare expert experienced in the most advanced gastrointestinal care.

Innovative Treatment for Gastric Cancer

When it comes to gastric cancer and other gastrointestinal conditions, Hoag-USC Surgical Center for Digestive Diseases provides a full array of progressive treatment options. As a recognized leader and high-volume provider of innovative gastrointestinal care, Hoag’s multidisciplinary team of digestive disease experts performs some of the most advanced gastroenterology procedures available in the nation with clinical outcomes that rival national figures.

Expert Care You Can Trust!

The Hoag Digestive Disease Center, in alliance with USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, continues to lead the way in complex gastrointestinal care, providing access to a highly specialized surgical team that works collaboratively with Hoag-affiliated GI and medical oncology specialists. Hoag’s committed to accurate diagnosis, combined with progressive therapeutic options enables Hoag patients to achieve some of the highest clinical outcomes in the nation.

To schedule a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation, or a second-opinion consultation with a Hoag gastroenterology expert, visit Meet the Team, or call us at: 888-566-9712.