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Abdominal Cancer - Knowing The Types & Impact Of It!

Written and reviewed by
MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MS - General Surgery
Oncologist, Agra  •  20 years experience
Abdominal Cancer - Knowing The Types & Impact Of It!

In Abdominal cancer, there is a rapid growth of cancerous cells in the abdomen area i.e., between the lower chest and the inguinal region. The Abdomen area includes several organs like esophagus, pancreas, gallbladder, liver, intestines, etc. Cancer in any of these organs can be considered as Abdominal Cancer.

Types of Abdominal Cancer:

Some common types of Abdominal Cancer:

  1. Liver Cancer

  2. Colorectal Cancer

  3. Renal Cell Cancer (kidney cancer)

  4. Gastric Cancer (stomach cancer)

  5. Pancreatic Cancer

Some rare type of Abdominal Cancer:

  1. Adrenocortical Cancer: Adrenal glands help in producing hormones. Cancer that develops in the these set of organs are known as Adrenocortical Cancer.

  2. Peritoneal Cancer: This type of cancer is caused due to the exposure of asbestos in the abdomen, specifically inside the lining of the abdomen.

  3. Primary Peritoneal Cancer: Cancer that develops inside the lining of the abdomen that covers other organs is called Primary Peritoneal Cancer.

Generally, the old and damaged cells in the abdominal area die themselves and do not multiply. Young and healthy cells grow and take their place. When the old and damaged cells start multiplying instead of dying, it forms a lump of cells. This lump is also known as a tumor.

If cells have developed as a tumor in the abdominal area, it requires immediate medical attention. These tumors may result in a metastasis, in which a cancerous cell in the abdominal area spread to different organs and body parts. Cancerous cells can take over important organs like kidneys, lungs, etc. And, it will interfere in the vital bodily functions.

Impact of Abdominal Cancer

Abdominal Cancer is a life-threatening disease. Especially, when it is not diagnosed on time or not treated properly. The medical condition of a patient suffering from Abdominal Cancer depends upon the stage, condition, and severity of the cancer. It also depends upon age, overall health, and existing diseases of the patient.

Often colorectal cancer develops from noncancerous cells which later form into cancer. In this case, it is very hard to detect cancer. The patient does not show any early or advanced stage symptoms of cancer. Under such circumstances, it is ideal to remove the lump before it turns cancerous. This lump can be spotted with ultrasound.

Forms of Abdominal Cancer like stomach cancer, pancreas cancer, and liver cancer are very hard to detect. Early symptoms of these forms of cancer are very normal, like gut health or pain in the stomach. It is often confused with the normal gastric issue. And as time passes, the cancer stages turn advance. It then becomes harder to treat.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult a specialist & get answers to your questions!
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