Neoplasia of the upper gastrointestinal tract is a tumor that is found in the esophagus, stomach, liver, pancreas, gall bladder or bile duct (upper digestive system). It will prevent the organ's normal functioning. Therefore in case of suspicious symptoms a doctor should be consulted for further examination.
Neoplasia of the upper gastrointestinal tract is a tumor located in this upper part of the digestive system including esophagus, pancreas, bile duct, liver, and gall bladder. They are among the most fatal ones of all cancers. Most of these tumors are detected in western countries when they are already advanced. This is because the beginning of symptoms isn't really easily detected. The symptoms in early phases are similar to benign ones such as of dyspepsia and dysphagia. In order to expect a better prediction of this condition, it is necessary to detect it early with more accurate methods to identify the stage and to set up more effective protocols of treatment.
Upper gastrointestinal tumors include 1) esophagus tumors: normally start in the interior layer of the esophagus and most of them are adenocarcinoma (they start in the glandular cells), less common are squamous cell carcinoma starting from squamous cells of the mucosa 2) stomach tumors: start in the interior layer of the five stomach layers and most of them are adenocarcinomas, 3) pancreatic tumors: normally start in the cells that produce enzymes, and most of them are malignant adenocarcinoma. Other rarer tumors are producing hormones and tend to be less malignant. 4) liver tumors: Most of them are actually metastases. A tumor originated in the liver is known as hepatocellular carcinoma 5) gall bladder tumors: they are rare and usually start in the interior layer of the gall bladder, and most of them are adenocarcinoma. The common symptoms of these gastrointestinal tumors include pain when swallowing, nausea, vomiting, anemia, tiredness, pain or swelling of the abdomen. An alarming symptom is bloody or pitch-black vomiting.
The possible treatments will depend on the diagnosed exact type of tumor. Generally speaking, the treatment will start from a diagnostic procedure like gastroscopy, ultrasound scan or CT scan. Then a medical surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy may be performed.
Several years of work in academia, medical practice and finally commercialization make it possible to provide an end-to-end process to help users to “find the appropriate medical help based on their present symptoms”. Below you will find a short explanation, showing you which part of the platform will help you best in finding the appropriate medical support.
Proceed as follows to enter your current symptoms.
Click on the appropriate body part on the picture. Select one/multiple symptoms corresponding to your complaint.
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Once you have selected all applicable symptoms, click the “analyze disease pattern”-button.
Accordingly, you will get a list of possible diseases and matching doctor categories who can further help you.
You can inform yourself about the possible diseases by reading the related information. But you can also return to the previous step and add more symptoms or delete already added ones to further narrow down your disease pattern.
Click on the desired doctor category to find a doctor who can help you.
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You will receive further information about the displayed doctors when you press on “details”.
Online bookable doctors in your area will be indicated with the notation “Book appointment” or “Book externally”, additionally they will be displayed on top of the list for your convenience.
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