Stomach Cancer

Below you will find more information about Stomach Cancer from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Stomach Cancer it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Stomach Cancer and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Stomach Cancer comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

Stomach cancer can arise in any part of the stomach and may spread throughout the stomach and to other organs; particularly the esophagus and the small intestine. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Diagnosis

The patient may have a gastroscopic exam, upper GI series, or a fecal occult blood test to help diagnose stomach cancer.

Treatment

Cancer of the stomach is hard to cure unless it is found in an early stage (before it has begun to spread). Unfortunately, because early stomach cancer causes few symptoms, the disease is usually in the late stages when the diagnosis is made. Treatment for stomach cancer includes surgery, chemotherapy, and/or radiation therapy. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Symptoms and Signs

One initial sign of stomach cancer is microscopic internal bleeding, which is usually only detected by tests that check the stool for blood. The patient may also feel tired if this bleeding causes the loss of too many healthy red blood cells (anemia). Early stomach cancer may also lead to symptoms such as heartburn and abdominal pain, which can be mistaken for other, more common problems.

Causes

Although the causes of many types of cancer aren't known, researchers have made progress in pinpointing factors that damage DNA in stomach cells and in understanding how that damage leads to cancer.

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