The emerging role of endoscopic ultrasound in cancer staging

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The management of solid organ cancers relies on accurate staging. Once distal metastasis has been excluded by conventional radiographic methods, local staging of the tumor and its nodal involvement is essential to determine the most optimal therapeutic approach. Many radiographic imaging modalities are unable to determine subtle tumor involvement. However, the emergence of endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS) has given promise to improved staging with its unique ability to examine tumors from within the gastrointestinal lumen with extremely close proximity. An additional advantage is the ability to perform fine-needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy to confirm or exclude tumor involvement. Many studies have shown superior accuracy in staging with EUS and EUS-FNA for tumors of the esophagus, stomach, pancreas, rectum, and mediastinum, including lung cancer. This review illustrates the principles of EUS and its role in staging of a variety of cancers and particularly its role alongside other imaging modalities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)247-258
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican Journal of the Medical Sciences
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2005


  • Cancer staging
  • Endoscopic ultrasonography
  • Sonography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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