Endoscopic diagnosis and eradication of esophageal and stomach tumors is one of the important services that we are keen to provide at the Esophageal and Endoscopic Surgery Clinic at Elite Care Clinics. Endoscopy helps detect these tumors early in their formation, which makes their treatment or eradication much easier.
Endoscopic tumors of the esophagus and stomach:
Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy is performed by inserting a long tube into its head that has a small camera connected to a screen that films what is happening inside the digestive system to detect any tumor or any tissue.
The endoscope is relied upon in the first stage as a means of exploring the area of the digestive system, and as soon as any tissue clumps or tumors are noticed, the endoscope is relied upon to take a biopsy of this tumor and analyze it. If it is proven that this tumor is not benign; The doctor begins using the endoscope a third time to remove this tumor, whether from the stomach or the esophagus.
First, esophageal tumors:
- The esophagus is a cylindrical tube connecting the stomach and pharynx.
- Tumors may form in the entire esophagus, or in part of it.
- Esophageal tumors account for 1% of malignant tumors.
- Esophageal tumors represent 5% of gastrointestinal tumors.
- Once the patient feels the symptoms of esophageal tumors, the doctor uses an upper endoscopy to explore the areas of pain and its causes.
- If it is discovered that these symptoms are due to the presence of a tumor, a sample of it is taken through laparoscopy and analyzed.
If the patient is confirmed to have esophageal cancer, the doctor will conduct the necessary examination to determine what stage this tumor is in, by:
- Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) procedure.
- Computed tomography of the esophagus (PET).
- The doctor relies on these examinations and then decides the best way to treat esophageal and stomach tumors endoscopically.
Causes of esophageal tumors:
Like all types of tumors, its specific cause is unknown, but there are some factors that increase the chances of infection, such as:
- Environmental factors: We will find that esophageal tumors are more widespread in one region than another, such as their prevalence in China and Iran in large proportions.
- Bad habits: such as drinking alcohol or smoking.
- Some chemicals may be found in some foods or medicines.
- Eating digestive substances that cause heartburn in the esophagus.
Symptoms of esophageal tumors:
As long as we are talking about diagnosing and treating tumors of the esophagus and stomach endoscopically, it is necessary to first recognize the symptoms that alert the patient of the possibility of developing a tumor, and there are some indicators such as:
- Chest pain.
- Difficulty swallowing.
- Shortness of breath.
- Severe cough.
- Severe abdominal pain. Especially if it is mixed with blood.
Endoscopic diagnosis of esophageal tumors:
It is difficult to diagnose esophageal tumors, especially since they are one of the types of tumors whose symptoms do not appear until the late stages of the disease. The disease is usually diagnosed based on:
- CT scan.
- Endoscopic ultrasound.
Treatment of esophageal and stomach tumors:
There are usually two treatment options for esophageal tumors:
- Laparoscopic tumor resection.
- Radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
The tumor may have spread to a large area, so the doctor relies on radiation and chemotherapy to reduce the size of the tumor before removing it laparoscopically.
Secondly, stomach tumors:
A stomach tumor is an abnormal growth of cells in the stomach. The sites of tumor formation in the stomach vary, and accordingly, the treatment methods determined by doctors differ.
Causes of stomach tumors:
Doctors do not know the specific cause of stomach tumors, but there are some factors that may increase the chances of developing these tumors, including:
- An unhealthy diet.
- Eat a lot of salted and smoked foods.
- Prolonged stomach infections.
- Drinking alcoholic beverages.
- Family medical history.
All of these factors are an indicator of a high probability of developing stomach tumors, and when any of them are present, the person must ensure continuous periodic examination to detect the tumor in its early stages.
Symptoms of stomach tumors:
The symptoms of stomach tumors may be very similar to esophageal tumors or various types of gastrointestinal tumors, which are usually general, such as:
- Severe abdominal pain.
- Feeling bloated, especially after eating.
- Difficulty swallowing.
- Fullness after eating small amounts of food.
- Severe weakness and weight loss.
As soon as the patient notices any of these symptoms and they recur significantly, he should go to the doctor to conduct the necessary examination and detect stomach tumors. As we mentioned, esophageal and stomach tumors are usually diagnosed and treated endoscopically.
Endoscopic diagnosis of stomach tumors:
As for diagnosing a stomach tumor, it is done based on a group of different techniques, such as:
- Endoscopy: This is used to detect the presence of a tumor or ulcer in the stomach.
- X-ray imaging with barium injection.
- Computed tomography (CT) of the stomach.
- Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) to detect the extent of the tumor’s penetration into the stomach.
Treatment of stomach tumors:
As for the treatment phase for stomach tumors, it varies between:
- Resection of part of the stomach.
- Complete gastric resection.
- Removal of lymph nodes.
- Radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
- Determining the type of treatment depends on the extent of the tumor and its location in the stomach.
The best center for endoscopic treatment of esophageal and stomach tumors:
The Esophageal and Endoscopic Surgery Clinic at Elite Care Clinics is one of the best centers for endoscopic treatment of esophageal and stomach tumors. Elite Care Clinics offers:
- A level of medical service with international standards.
- Medical staff at the highest level.
- Competitive prices.
- The latest laparoscopic devices.
If you are suffering from any of the previous symptoms and would like to undergo the necessary examination, you can now book and inquire from here.