Gastric cancer or the stomach cancer is a type of cancer that has no symptoms unless it moves to an advanced stage. The condition is characterized by growth of cancerous cells along the lining of the stomach. In the advanced stage of the cancer, people observe symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, frequent heartburn, loss of appetite, constant bloating, bloody stools, jaundice, excessive fatigue and severe stomach pain.
HOW IS GASTRIC CANCER DIAGNOSED?
Tests that can help diagnose gastric cancer include:
• Complete blood count (CBC) to check for anemia.
• Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) with biopsy to examine the stomach tissue. EGD involves putting a tiny camera down the esophagus (food tube) to look at the inside of the stomach.
• Stool test to check for blood in the stools.
HOW IS GASTRIC CANCER TREATED?
Common treatment methods for Gastric Cancer are chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery and immunotherapy. The treatment should aim at prevention of cancer spreading to lungs, intestines, lymph nodes and bones. Maintaining a balanced and healthy diet, abstaining from smoking and alcohol, and exercise helps prevent Gastric Cancer
DID YOU KNOW?
Exercising regularly, maintaining and healthy weight and quitting smoking can help in reducing your risks of getting gastric cancer.