NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Esophageal Cancer - page 12

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NCCN Guidelines for Patients
®
: Esophageal Cancer
Version 1.2013
Part 2: Cancer staging
2.1 Clinical staging tests
Test name
Medical history and physical exam
Upper GI (
g
astro
i
ntestinal) endoscopy
CT (
c
omputed
t
omography) scans of the:
- Chest
- Abdomen, and
- Pelvic area as needed
CBC (
c
omplete
b
lood
c
ount)
Blood chemistry test
Medical history and physical exam
Your medical history includes any health events in your
life and any medications you’ve taken or are taking. Since
some health problems run in families, your doctor will ask
about the medical history of your blood relatives.
Health events include any symptoms that may be related
to esophageal cancer. Such symptoms include heartburn,
swallowing that is hard or painful, throat or back pain, and
weight loss. However, these symptoms can also be caused
by other health conditions.
Some people are more likely to develop esophageal cancer
than others. Anything that increases your chances of
esophageal cancer is called a risk factor. Risk factors can
be activities that people do, things in the environment, or
personal traits.
Figure 3. Upper GI endoscopy
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