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Let’s Talk About Stomach Cancer

Stomach cancer, also called gastric cancer, is the growth of cancerous cells within the lining of the stomach. This type of cancer is difficult to diagnose because most people typically do not show symptoms in the earlier stages. It is best to talk to your doctor or physician to learn more about stomach cancer and your personal health.

Causes

Stomach cancer should not be confused with other cancers that can occur in the abdominal region, like cancer of the liver, pancreas, or cervix because these cancers can have different symptoms, different outlooks, and different treatments.

The stomach is responsible for digesting food and then moving the nutrients along to the rest of your digestive organs, namely the small and large intestines.

Stomach cancer occurs when normally healthy cells within the upper digestive system become cancerous and grow out of control, forming a tumor. Stomach cancer tends to develop over many years.

There are risk factors that may increase the likelihood of developing these cancerous cells. These include certain diseases and conditions, such as:

  • Lymphoma (a group of blood cancers)
  • Stomach infections that can sometimes lead to ulcers
  • Stomach polyps (abnormal growths of tissue that form on the lining of the stomach)

Stomach cancer is also more common among:

  • People 50 years and older
  • Men
  • Smokers
  • Those with a family history of the disease
  • People who are of Asian (especially Korean or Japanese), South American, or Belarusian descent

Symptoms

While stomach cancer is relatively rare compared to other types of cancer, one of the biggest dangers of this disease is the difficulty of diagnosing it. Since stomach cancer usually doesn’t cause any early symptoms, it often goes undiagnosed until after it spreads to other parts of the body. 

Signs and symptoms of stomach cancer may include:

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Feeling bloated after eating
  • Feeling full after eating small amounts of food
  • Heartburn
  • Indigestion
  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Vomiting

If you or someone you know are experiencing these symptoms, please contact a doctor or physician to investigate further. 

Diagnosing

Stomach cancer is often not diagnosed until the disease staging has advanced. To make a diagnosis, your doctor will first perform a physical exam to check for any abnormalities. They may also order a blood test, including a test for the presence of H. pylori bacteria.

If your doctor believes that you show signs of stomach cancer, they will order more diagnostic tests to specifically look for suspected tumors and other abnormalities in the stomach and esophagus. These tests may include:

Treatments

Since people with stomach cancer don’t typically show symptoms in its early stages, it is more difficult to treat.

Traditionally, stomach cancer is treated with one or more of the following:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Surgery
  • Immunotherapy, such as vaccines and medication

Your exact treatment plan will depend on the origin and stage of cancer. Age and overall health can also play a role.

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