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Gastrointestinal cancers often go undetected until symptoms become severe and the condition has already progressed to late stage cancer. There is also much ground to cover, as the gastrointestinal system spans from the mouth to the anus. Types of gastrointestinal cancer may affect the esophagus, gallbladder and biliary tract, liver, pancreas, stomach, small intestine, bowel (large intestine or colon) and rectum.

These cancers are often detected when a patient complains of symptoms and undergoes an examination using endoscopic or radiographic imaging as part of a screening process with a gastroenterologist. Dr. Yamini is a specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of a range of conditions, including the removal of colon polyps to prevent the development of cancer.

Due to the large number of different types of cancer which may develop in the digestive tract, patients are advised to undergo regular screenings if there is a family history or other risk factors associated with cancer.

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Esophageal Cancer?

Difficulty swallowing, chest pain, severe heartburn, coughing and hoarseness are some of the common signs of esophageal cancer. Sufferers may also experience sudden weight loss which occurs in the absence of any change to diet or exercise. These symptoms are always cause for concern, so it is important to schedule a screening with a specialist like Dr. Yamini right away. If cancer is confirmed in the esophagus alone, the five year survival rate is 43 percent, which is one of the many reasons it is so important to seek diagnosis and treatment early.

While your symptoms may indicate a more benign health problem, it is the recommendation of Dr. Yamini that you arrange a consultation at your earliest convenience. Contact us today to help us detect gastrointestinal cancers early, and increase your prognosis for survival.

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Our Patient Reviews

David P. Yamini, MD

4.9 / 5.0

Based on 58 reviews

Nicole R.

Scheduling was extremely easy with Dr. Yamini's staff, I scheduled my Tuesday appointment on Monday afternoon. The staff and Dr. Yamini were courteous and straightforward - even with new patient paperwork I was out the door within an hour!

Bill C.

Dr. Yamini definitely is a great doctor who is very thorough and detail oriented with his diagnosis. He is very passionate about what he does and was able to answer any question or concern. He took his time before my appointment to look through all the documentation to know exactly what was going on. He definitely was able to put me at ease even though I was very worried. I am very satisfied with his services. Thanks!

Mario O.

He was very gentle about my situation yet did not fail to emphasize about the seriousness that could arise from gastrointestinal problems. Few and far between are as professional and caring as Dr. Yamini and his staff. I was 20 minutes late on Friday evening & they still had me in a room in 5 minutes as a new patient.

Lisa P.

I can’t say enough great things about my first impression of this doctor and his amazing staff! They got me right in and set me up for everything needed. I’ve been looking for the right GI doctor for years having had a very negative experience with another doctor years ago. Dr. Yamini is not only professional, knowledgeable, respectful, and experienced... this guy is “cool” and nice too! His front desk person, Toni was amazing! She was kind, bright, efficient, patient, and positive! ??

Kendall S.

Makes talking about uncomfortable subjects a breeze. Competent and honest: doesn't sell vitamin cleanses and his own probiotics or anything like that. Makes sure your symptoms aren't half-fixed but fully fixed. Gets to the heart of the issue quickly. Good listener. Very sweet receptionist. I hate receiving many phone calls, and she's persistent about making sure you set up an appointment; it was stressing me out. I found the her much easier to connect with once she gave me her cell and said to text.

Babak E.

Thank you Dr. Yamini and Tony. When it comes to patient care and professionalism, I have never received this much care and attention from a physician and the staff. I was able to talk to Dr. Yamini for good period of time allowing me to ask all my questions. Tony you are so cute thank you for scheduling me in last minute.

Kyle K.

I highly recommend Dr. Yamini. He's very personable and actually listens to your issues and concerns, then recommends a reasonable course of action. He was able to properly diagnose my symptoms and get me healthy again. Also his admin Toni is great too, she will help select a facility and verify that your insurance will fully cover. She's really nice and trustworthy as well!

Eric W.

Thorough doctor who cares about his patients, and very meticulous about the details of your ailment. Clearly very knowledgeable and skilled. No wait time for appointments, and the nurse (Toni) is very friendly and follows up appropriately. One of the best doctor experiences I've had and I'd recommend it to anyone.

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