Stomach Cancer

About Stomach Cancer

Stomach cancer, also referred to as gastric cancer, is a malignant tumor arising from the lining of the stomach. Stomach cancers are classified according to the type of tissue where they originate.

The most common type of stomach cancer is adenocarcinoma, which starts in the glandular tissue of the stomach and accounts for 90% to 95% of all stomach cancers.

Early Symptoms

Pain

Heartburn

Indigestion

Loss of appetite

Advanced Symptoms

Discomfort in the upper or middle part of the abdomen

Blood in the stool (appearing black, tar-like)

Vomiting or vomiting blood

Weight loss

Pain or bloating in the stomach after eating

Weakness or fatigue associated with mild anemia

Diagnosis

To diagnose stomach cancer your physician will perform an upper endoscopy. If irregularities are found, a biopsy will be taken and sent to the lab for testing. Once diagnosed, determining the stage of the stomach cancer is the next step.

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Treatment

Treatment options for stomach cancer vary depending on the stage of your cancer.