Stomach Cancer: Tests


The following are the most common tests used to help diagnose gastric cancer. Your physician will do a complete physical exam, and make the best recommendations for tests and treatment. Your physician may also refer you to a gastroenterologist, a doctor whose specialty is diagnosing and treating digestive problems.

Your doctor will ask about your personal and family health history, and perform a physical exam. You also may be asked to take one of the following.

Complete Blood Count (CBC)

Test to check for anemia.

Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)

An examination of the lining of the esophagus, stomach, and upper duodenum with a small camera. Often done in conjunction with a biopsy.

Stool Test

To check for blood in the stools.

Upper Gastrointestinal (GI) Series

A set of x-rays taken to examine the esophagus, stomach and small intestine.