Barbara Cencora, M.D.
Of Advanced Gastroenterology Associates is a Board Certified Gastroenterologist who has been in practice in Monmouth County for over 17 years.
Dr. Cencora was born and raised in Poland and graduated from the University of Medicine in Lublin, Poland, and then came to the United States and completed her internship and residency in internal Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Cooper Hospital/University Medical Center in Camden. She then continued on at UMDNJ at Cooper Hospital where she completed her fellowship in Gastroenterology. There she gained expertise in colonoscopy and upper endoscopy, as well as advanced endoscopic procedures such as ERCP for diagnostic and treatment of biliary and pancreatic disease.
Dr. Cencora treats all aspects of gastroenterology (digestive disease) and hepatology (liver diseases), such as but not limited to, colon cancer screening, heartburn/GERD, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), colitis and Crohn’s disease. Additionally, Dr. Cencora performs in-office hemorrhoid banding with the CRH O’Regan Hemorrhoid Removal system, which is a fast and painless procedure to treat hemorrhoids without surgery. She is proud to be a part of Advanced Gastroenterology Associates since they strive to provide the most individualized quality medical care to all of their patients.
She and her partners perform procedures at two state-of-the-art surgery centers: Endo-Surgi Center of Old Bridge, and CAMIS (Center for Ambulatory and Minimally Invasive Surgery), and at the well-respected hospital, CentraState Medical Center in Freehold.
- Upper GI Endoscopy
- Wireless Capsule Endoscopy
- Hemorrhoid Banding
Dr. Cencora has been awarded a “NJ Top Doctor Award”
Don’t Ignore That Stomach Pain
When in doubt n in doubt, check it out. That’s my medical position about bouts of stomach pain. Not every gastrointestinal upset requires a trip to the doctor or ER, but stomach pain or ongoing discomfort can indicate that something is amiss and it’s best to get it checked out, especially if the pain worsens or continues for more than
But let’s be realistic—we all have belly pain occasionally. When you consider everything your stomach and surrounding organs are required to do to keep the body functioning, it’s understandable. This kind of pain can be tricky for doctors to diagnose. A doctor will probably run lab tests and take down your long- and short- term medical history in order to diagnose the root cause of the discomfort.
There are a myriad of potential causes for abdominal pain, including emotional issues, eating certain foods, gastrointestinal upset, flu, constipation, infections,
food poisoning, muscle strain and just ordinary gas pains, which are harmless but can feel particularly alarming and painful.
In one of the most serious and rare scenarios, stomach pain can be an indicator of pancreatic cancer, predicted to be one of the top cancer killers by the year 2030. It typically spreads rapidly and is seldom detected in its early stages, which is why it’s a leading cause of cancer death. The more common findings leading to suspicion for pancreatic cancer are yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes, upper abdominal pain radiating to the back, loss of appetite, weight loss and unexplained blood clots.
WHEN IT’S TIME TO SEE A DOCTOR
Immediate medical attention is required if abdominal pain is accompanied by one
or more of these serious symptoms: fever; diarrhea or blood in the stool; persistent constipation; change in the color of urine; continued nausea or vomiting; severe tenderness of the belly; jaundice or swelling of the abdomen. These symptoms could suggest a more urgent medical condition that can worsen over time. But the sooner you seek medical care, the faster your condition can be diagnosed and treated.
While severe stomach pain may be frightening, more often than not, the situation is acute (temporary) and can be resolved with medication and/or ongoing medical care provided by a physician specializing in gastroenterology.
Advanced Gastroenterology Associates Offers 3 Convenient Locations:
475 County Road 520
Baron Plaza, Suite 201
Marlboro, NJ 07746
59 Kent Road
Howell, NJ 07731
100 Perrine Road
Old Bridge, NJ 08857