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Suppl Tumori. 2003 Sep-Oct;2(5):S16-8.

Endoscopic diagnosis and staging of gastric tumors.

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Gastroenterology Department, Centro di Riferimento Oncologico (CRO), Istituto Nazionale Tumori, Via Pedemontana Occidentale 12, 33081 Aviano, PN, Italy. rcannizzaro@cro.it

Abstract

Endoscopy, biopsy, and cytology represent the gold standard for the diagnosis of gastric malignancies. Guidelines have been developed to select the patient-population at risk of gastric cancer as well as for the appropriateness of endoscopic examination among large gastric cancer screening programs. Endoscopic ultrasound is an essential part of preoperative staging in view of gastric resection and may be useful to identify high-risk patients potentially eligible for investigational neoadjuvant treatment programs. Some of the current issues in endoscopic diagnosis and staging of gastric tumors are reviewed.

PMID:
12914383
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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