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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    How is gastric cancer diagnosed?

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    Dr Guang Chen

    Gastroenterologist

    Dr Guang Chen is a proud Chinese Australian gastroenterologist and hepatologist practising in Western Sydney. He then completed his post-graduate training in internal medicine, gastroenterology … View Profile

    The definitive test of the majority of cancers including gastric cancer is a pathological one - abnormal cells under the microscope. 

  • Dr Manjunath Siddaiah-Subramanya

    Bariatric (Obesity) Surgeon, General Surgeon, Upper GI Surgeon (Abdominal)

    ‘I treat my patients with the highest level of care that I expect my family members to receive from a specialist. I pride myself in … View Profile

    Three elements: Early diagnosis, confirmation of the diagnosis, and how bad is the diagnosis

    1. Early diagnosis: This is vital as it has the best outcome. For this the patients need to recognise early signs and symptoms- anemia and early satiety

    2. Confirmation of the diagnosis: Involved endoscopy and biopsy. Tells us about the type of cancer and location of cancer- these two elements help in deciding on teh type of operation and chemotherapy

    3. How bad is the cancer: This is stageinga and involves typically CT scans and other investigations. Helps us decide if it can be removed by surgery (best outcome) or not.

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