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
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
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.