Oesophageal cancer and stomach cancer (oesophago-gastric) diagnosis and treatment is complex so performed in Specialist Cancer Centres.
Mr Griffiths’ outcome for this surgery is available on the NHS Consultant Outcomes website and is extremely good compared to the national average for this demanding and complex surgery.
Oesophageal cancer and stomach cancer diagnosis and treatment is complex and performed in Specialist Cancer Centres, like the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.
Mr Griffiths is a member of a team of surgeons and other professionals called a multidisciplinary team (MDT) which can deliver this service in Birmingham for patients with these cancers.
The MDT includes specialist oncologists, radiologists, gastroenterologists, dieticians, specialist nurses and other specialists. They routinely treat and manage patients with oesophageal and stomach cancer. Often complex patients diagnosed in other units are sent to us for our specialist expertise.
Stomach cancer is also known as gastric cancer. It affects the inner lining of the stomach. It is important that the diagnosis is made swiftly, before the cancer has spread to allow the best possible outcome from treatment. Symptoms of potential stomach cancer include weight loss, indigestion, vomiting blood, loss of appetite and abdominal pain. Urgent endoscopy is the diagnostic procedure of choice to assess for this type of cancer, as small biopsies (small pieces of tissue) can be taken to confirm the diagnosis by a pathologist. Stomach cancer affecting the upper part of the stomach is becoming more common in the UK, whilst rates of stomach cancer affecting the lower part of the stomach is on the decrease.
Most stomach tumours are adenocarcinomas, which is a type of cancer affecting the inner lining of the stomach. Some of these cancers can be genetic, especially in patients with a strong family history of the disease or develop the disease at an early age (< 40 years old). Other types of tumours affecting the stomach include lymphomas or gastro-intestinal stromal tumours (GISTs).