About stomach cancer
Gastric cancer, or gastric cancer, is a relatively rare type of cancer.
The early symptoms of stomach cancer are unclear and can be easily confused with other serious diseases. He understands:
persistent indigestion and heartburn
trapped wind and constant noise
feeling too full or bloated after eating
constant abdominal pain
Advanced symptoms of stomach cancer include:
blood or black stool
loss of appetite
Early symptoms of stomach cancer are similar to those of many other diseases, so the cancer often progresses before it is diagnosed. Therefore, it is important to report stomach cancer symptoms to your doctor as soon as possible.
Find out more about diagnosing stomach cancer.
The exact cause of stomach cancer has not yet been determined, but the following factors are most likely to blame.
55 and older
Eat foods that are low in fiber, processed foods, or foods high in red meat.
Follow a diet rich in salty and pickled foods.
Stomach infection caused by the bacterium Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori).
Find out more about the causes of stomach cancer.
Types of stomach cancer
There are several types of stomach cancer. More than 95% of stomach cancers begin in cells in the lining of the stomach called adenocarcinoma.
Rare types of stomach cancer include stomach lymphomas, which develop in the lymphatic tissue (tissue that drains fluid and helps fight infections), and gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST), which develop in the muscle or connective tissue of the stomach wall. .
How is stomach cancer treated?
Although many cases of stomach cancer cannot be completely cured, it is possible to relieve symptoms and improve quality of life with chemotherapy and, in some cases, radiation therapy and surgery.
If surgery can remove all of the tumor tissue, surgery can cure stomach cancer.
Surgery to remove part or all of the stomach is called gastric bypass. After gastric bypass surgery, you will still be able to eat normally, but you will have to adjust the amount of food you eat.
Chemotherapy may be given before surgery to shrink the tumor, and sometimes after surgery to prevent it from returning.
Find out more about stomach cancer treatment.