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Causes and Symtoms of Stomach Cancer

Dr. Prashant Mehta 91% (32 ratings)
European Society For Medical Oncology certification, DM - Oncology, MD - General Medicine, MBBS, Fellowship in Bone Marrow Transplant
Oncologist, Faridabad
Causes and Symtoms of Stomach Cancer

A study conducted by World Health Organization across the globe revealed that approximately 723,000 cancer-related deaths annually, are caused due to stomach cancer. Stomach or gastric cancer is the growth of abnormal cells that form a mass in any part of the stomach. The most common stomach cancer, which has been reported around 90-95% of the total cases, affects the mucosa or the most superficial lining inside the stomach. This type of stomach cancer is referred to as adenocarcinoma.

Causes of Stomach Cancer

Any type of cancer occurs due to a change in the DNA structure, which disrupts the instructions that control the cell growth. However, the exact medical cause of stomach cancer is still unknown, but some common knowledge of the disease may let you know that it can also be caused due to smoking, unhealthy diet and hereditary factors.

Symptoms of Stomach Cancer

The symptoms of stomach cancer in its early stage is difficult to diagnose. As the initial symptoms are associated with some very common medical conditions, most people fail to recognize them as stomach cancer. This includes, a sensation of feeling full during meal, dysphagia or swallowing difficulties, feeling bloated after meals, excessive rate of burping, heartburn, continuous ingestion, stomach ache that rises to the breastbone, trapped wind and vomiting that contains blood.

As the tumor grows more prominent symptoms starts to appear. They include a staggering condition of dysphagia and extreme indigestion along with unexpected weight loss, continuous sickly feeling or anemic. Symptoms like accumulation of fluid inside stomach, black and bloodied stool, fatigue also constitutes to an advanced stage of stomach cancer.

Treating Stomach Cancer

The treatment of stomach cancer will depend on the stage of cancer and the overall health of the patient. There are several treatments available to treat, not cure, stomach cancer.

Surgery

Surgery involves removal of part or entire stomach along with the surrounding lymph nodes. In subtotal gastronomy, a part of the stomach is surgically removed, whereas, in total gastronomy, the whole stomach is removed. Patient is able to eat normally, though smaller quantities than before. Patients undergoing laparoscopic or robotic surgery recover quicker than those undergoing open surgery. Surgery is the main treatment in cancer.

Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy or radiotherapy uses energy rays to target and kill the cancerous cells. This, however, is not commonly used to treat stomach cancer as there is a chance of harming the adjacent organs.

Chemotherapy

This treatment uses drugs to stop the fast division and multiplication of the cancerous cells and shrink the tumor. The drugs for chemotherapy are known as cytotoxic medicines, and they travel through the whole body to attack the particular affected area and other areas where cancer is located.

These are just a few, there are many more treatments that have brought results in treating and controlling stomach cancer, and the doctor will advise on the procedure most suitable for any particular condition.

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Stomach Cancer - Dispelling Common Myths!

Dr. Ravi Chander Veligeti 86% (16 ratings)
M.ch - Surgical Oncology
Oncologist, Hyderabad
Stomach Cancer - Dispelling Common Myths!

Gastric cancer is more commonly known as stomach cancer. It is usually diagnosed in later stages as symptoms are few in early disease and are often neglected by people. Feeling of fullness in upper abdomen, decrease in hunger, weight loss, weakness, vomiting, are some of the common symptoms. Like all cancers, stomach cancer is shrouded in a culture of myths and baseless facts.

Here are some of these myths and actual facts to dispel any doubts: 

 

 

  1. It’s not cancer if there is no pain: In the early stages of stomach cancer, symptoms are either absent or very mild so that they are usually neglected. This leads to delay in diagnosis. It needs to be stressed again that absence of pain does not mean that cancer can not be there. Slight fullness in the upper abdomen, decrease in appetite, etc. can be signs of stomach cancer.
  2. Sustained indigestion equals stomach cancer: While it is true that one of the symptoms of stomach cancer is indigestion, burping and/or acidity. But, indigestion doesn't always mean that it is stomach cancer. Most of the times, indigestion is not due to cancer. However, if there is recent onset of indigestion (from 2 weeks to a few months) with loss of appetite, weight loss and vomiting, possibility of cancer should be thought of and testing carried out. 
  3. Stomach cancer is rare: Stomach cancer occurrence varies and it is more common in some areas and much less common in other areas. However, in totality, it is one of the very common cancer types. In India, stomach cancer is more common in southern and north-eastern parts of the country but it can occur in persons in any part of the country. 
  4. Stomach cancer is not genetic: Even though it is not commonly seen as a hereditary disease, stomach cancer can be passed down through the genes, thereby increasing the chances of stomach cancer in people who possess it by 70 to 80 percent. Mutation in the CDH1 gene is usually the reason behind this. Sometimes also known to contribute to breast cancer in women. 
  5. Stomach cancer has no cure: This is a misconception. Except for most advancer stage of cancer (stage IV), stomach cancer can be cured by proper treatment. Surgery is the mainstay of curative treatment for stomach cancer. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy are also required in addition to surgery in many cases."

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

2928 people found this helpful

Stomach Cancer Symptoms, Treatment - पेट के कैंसर के लक्षण, उपचार

Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Singh 87% (192 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lakhimpur Kheri
Stomach Cancer Symptoms, Treatment - पेट के कैंसर के लक्षण, उपचार

पेट का कैंसर या दूसरे शब्दों में कहे तो गैस्ट्रिक कैंसर, इसके कुछ असामान्य और घातक कोशिकाओं का समूह होता है, जो पेट के पार्ट में ढेर बना देता है. आमतौर पर यह पेट की आंतरिक परत में स्थित कोशिकाओं में विकसित होता है. साथ ही समय समय के साथ पेट की दीवार में फ़ैल जाता है. पेट का कैंसर, पेट की दीवार से आगे बढ़ कर जैसे जिगर, अग्नाश्य, ग्रासनली और आंतों के आस-पास के अंगों में फैलता है. आइए पेट के कैंसर के लक्षणों और इसके उपचार के बारे में जानें.

पेट के कैंसर का लक्षण
पेट के कैंसर की बात करें, तो इससे जुड़े ऐसे कई लक्षण होते हैं. यह अन्य कई प्रकार की गंभीर बीमारीयों से भी जुड़े होते हैं. इस कारण से पेट कैंसर को प्रारंभ में ही पहचान पाना कठिन होता है. कई कैंसर ग्रस्त मरीजों का निदान तब तक नहीं हो पाता, जब तक कैंसर पूरी तरह से विकसित ना हुआ हो. कैंसर के प्रारंभिक लक्षणों में निम्न शामिल होते हैं -

  • भोजन करने के बाद एकदम से पेट फूलना महसूस होना है.
  • डिस्फेजिया (निगलने में कठिनाई) खाना खाने के बाद पेट का ज्यादा फूला हुआ महसूस होना है.
  • बार-बार डकार आना.
  • सीने में जलन महसूस होना.
  • खट्टी डकारें या अपचन जो ठीक नही हो पा रही हो.
  • पेट दर्द या छाती की हड्डी में दर्द का होना.
  • पेट में हवा भरना जैसा महसूस होना है.
  • उल्टी आना या कई बार उलटी में खून आना भी आ सकता है.


पेट के कैंसर का इलाज
पेट के कैंसर का इलाज कई कारणों पर निर्भर होता है. जैसे कैंसर की गंभीरता कितनी है, मरीज का स्वास्थ्य कैसा है और साथ ही रोगी की प्राथमिकताओं आदि का होना भी शामिल है. जबकि इसके इलाज की बात करें तो सर्जरी, कीमोथेरेपी, रेडिएशन थेरेपी और दवाओं आदि के विकल्प उपलब्ध होते हैं.

सर्जरी
सर्जरी जिसे आम भाषा में शल्य चिकित्सा भी कहा जाता है. इसका उद्देश्य पेट के कैंसर को शरीर से बाहर निकालना होता है. जिससे स्वस्थ ऊतक क्षति होने से बच जाएं. जबकि सर्जरी के दौरान यह भी देखना होता है कि कोई कैंसर से ग्रस्त सेल शरीर में ना रह पाए. इसके कुछ उदाहरण इस प्रकार हैं –
एंडोस्कोपी म्यूकोसल रिसेक्शन - इसका उद्देश्य कैंसर के प्रारंभिक स्टेज में पेट से ट्यूमर को निकाल देना होता है. यह पेट की अंदरूनी परत में विकसित हो जाते हैं. जिसे सर्जरी करने वाला डॉक्टर एंडोस्कोपी की मदद से पेट में मौजूद बहुत छोटे ट्यूमर्स को शरीर से निकाल देता हैं.
सबटोटल गैस्ट्रेक्टॉमी – इस सर्जरी की मदद से पेट के कैंसर प्रभावित भाग को शरीर से बाहर निकाल दिया जाता है.
टोटल गैस्ट्रेक्टॉमी – इसमें सर्जरी की मदद से पूरे पेट को हटा दिया जाता है.

पेट से जुड़ी सर्जरी में सभी प्रक्रियाएं पेचीदा होती हैं, इन्हें ठीक होने में भी लंबा समय लगने की संभावना रहती हैं. सर्जरी होने के बाद रोगी को दो हफ्तों तक हॉस्पिटल में रहना पड़ सकता है. जिसके बाद मरीज को घर पर स्वस्थ होने के लिए कई हफ्तों तक आराम करने की जरूरत होती है.

रेडिएशन थेरेपी
रेडिएशन थेरेपी में उर्जा की किरणों की मदद से कैंसर कोशिकाओं को खत्म किया जाता है. रेडिएशन थेरेपी को पेट के कैंसर के इलाज के लिए सामान्य रूप से प्रयोग नहीं किया जाता क्योंकि इसमें आसपास के अन्य अंगों को हानि पहुंचने का खतरा बना रहता है. हालांकि, अगर पेट कैंसर विकसित हो चुका है या और अत्यधिक दर्द और खून बहने जैसे लक्षण दिखने लगे हैं तो ऐसे में रेडिएशन थेरेपी ही मुख्य विकल्प माना जाता है. रेडिएशन थेरेपी के दो प्रकार होते हैं जिनको इस्तेमाल किया जाता है –

निओएजुवेंट रेडिएशन – इस थेरेपी का प्रयोग सर्जरी करने से पहले किया जाता है. इससे होता यह है कि ट्यूमर्स छोटे हो जाते है ताकि सर्जरी के दौरान ट्यूमर्स को आसानी से निकाला जा सके.

एजुवेंट रेडिएशन – सर्जरी हो जाने के बाद इस थेरेपी का प्रयोग किया जाता है. अगर इसका प्रयोग रोगी के पेट में बची कैंसर कोशिकाओं को खत्म करने के लिए किया जाता है.

कीमोथेरेपी
कीमोथेरेपी में कुछ ख़ास दवाइयों का उपयोग किया जाता है जो तेज़ी से बढ़ रही कैंसर कोशिकाओं को ख़त्म कर देती हैं. इन दवाइयों को साइटोटोक्सिक दवाओं के नाम से जाना जाता है. ये दवाइयां मरीज के शरीर में फैल जाती है और कैंसर के शुरू होने वाली जगह पर वार करती है. इसके साथ ही अगर कैंसर अन्य अंगों में फ़ैल गया है, तो उधर भी कैंसर कोशिकाओं को ख़तम करती हैं. कीमोथेरेपी के दो प्रकार होते हैं:-

निओएजुवेंट कीमोथेरेपी – इस थेरेपी का उपयोग सर्जरी से पहले करने पर ट्यूमर सिकुड़ जाता है. जिसके बाद सर्जरी की मदद से ट्यूमर को आसानी से निकाल लिया जाता है.

एजुवेंट कीमोथेरेपी – सर्जरी के बाद उपयोग की जाने वाला यह थेरेपी, पेट में बची हुई कैंसर सेल को खत्म करता है. गैस्ट्रिक लिम्फोमा, गैस्ट्रोइंटेस्टिनल स्ट्रोमल ट्यूमर और कुछ अन्य प्रकार के गैस्ट्रिक कैंसर के लिए कीमोथेरेपी को प्रमुख इलाज तरीका माना जाता है.

दवाएं
उदाहरण के लिए कुछ दवाइयां जैसे सूटेंट, ग्लिवेक आदि, गैस्ट्रोइंटेस्टिनल स्ट्रोमल ट्यूमर के रोगियों को दी जाती हैं. यह रोगी के शरीर में कैंसर की विशिष्ट असामान्यताओं पर अटैक करती हैं.

Myths About Stomach Cancer That You Should Be Aware Of!

Dr. Arun Kumar Goel 90% (104 ratings)
MBBS, MS - General Surgery, FICS (Surgical Oncology), Fellowship of Association of Indian Surgeons(FAIS), Fellowship in Minimal Access Surgery(FMAS) & Reproductive Medicine, Fellowship of Indian Association of Gastrointestinal Endo Surgeons (FIAGES)
Oncologist, Ghaziabad
Myths About Stomach Cancer That You Should Be Aware Of!

Gastric cancer is more commonly known as stomach cancer. It is usually diagnosed in later stages as symptoms are few in early disease and are often neglected by people. Feeling of fullness in upper abdomen, decrease in hunger, weight loss, weakness, vomiting, are some of the common symptoms. Like all cancers, stomach cancer is shrouded in a culture of myths and baseless facts. Here are some of these myths and actual facts to dispel any doubts: 

  1. It’s not cancer if there is no pain: In the early stages of stomach cancer, symptoms are either absent or very mild so that they are usually neglected. This leads to delay in diagnosis. It needs to be stressed again that absence of pain does not mean that cancer can not be there. Slight fullness in the upper abdomen, decrease in appetite, etc. can be signs of stomach cancer.
  2. Sustained indigestion equals stomach cancer: While it is true that one of the symptoms of stomach cancer is indigestion, burping and/or acidity. But, indigestion doesn't always mean that it is stomach cancer. Most of the times, indigestion is not due to cancer. However, if there is recent onset of indigestion (from 2 weeks to a few months) with loss of appetite, weight loss and vomiting, possibility of cancer should be thought of and testing carried out. 
  3. Stomach cancer is rare: Stomach cancer occurrence varies and it is more common in some areas and much less common in other areas. However, in totality, it is one of the very common cancer types. In India, stomach cancer is more common in southern and north-eastern parts of the country but it can occur in persons in any part of the country. 
  4. Stomach cancer is not genetic: Even though it is not commonly seen as a hereditary disease, stomach cancer can be passed down through the genes, thereby increasing the chances of stomach cancer in people who possess it by 70 to 80 percent. Mutation in the CDH1 gene is usually the reason behind this. Sometimes also known to contribute to breast cancer in women. 
  5. Stomach cancer has no cure: This is a misconception. Except for most advancer stage of cancer (stage IV), stomach cancer can be cured by proper treatment. Surgery is the mainstay of curative treatment for stomach cancer. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy are also required in addition to surgery in many cases." In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!
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Stomach Cancer - How Radiation Therapy Can Help?

Dr. Nikunj K Vithalani 92% (17 ratings)
MBBS, MS - General Surgery, DNB - Surgical Oncology
Oncologist, Surat
Stomach Cancer - How Radiation Therapy Can Help?

A study conducted by World Health Organization across the globe revealed that approximately 723,000 cancer-related deaths annually, are caused due to stomach cancer. Stomach or gastric cancer is the growth of abnormal cells that form a mass in any part of the stomach. The most common stomach cancer, which has been reported around 90-95% of the total cases, affects the mucosa or the most superficial lining inside the stomach. This type of stomach cancer is referred to as adenocarcinoma.

Causes of Stomach Cancer

Any type of cancer occurs due to a change in the DNA structure, which disrupts the instructions that control the cell growth. However, the exact medical cause of stomach cancer is still unknown, but some common knowledge of the disease may let you know that it can also be caused due to smoking, unhealthy diet and hereditary factors.

Symptoms of Stomach Cancer

The symptoms of stomach cancer in its early stage is difficult to diagnose. As the initial symptoms are associated with some very common medical conditions, most people fail to recognize them as stomach cancer. This includes, a sensation of feeling full during meal, dysphagia or swallowing difficulties, feeling bloated after meals, excessive rate of burping, heartburn, continuous ingestion, stomach ache that rises to the breastbone, trapped wind and vomiting that contains blood.

As the tumor grows more prominent symptoms starts to appear. They include a staggering condition of dysphagia and extreme indigestion along with unexpected weight loss, continuous sickly feeling or anemic. Symptoms like accumulation of fluid inside stomach, black and bloodied stool, fatigue also constitutes to an advanced stage of stomach cancer.

Treating Stomach Cancer

The treatment of stomach cancer will depend on the stage of cancer and the overall health of the patient. There are several treatments available to treat, not cure, stomach cancer.

Surgery

Surgery involves removal of part or entire stomach along with the surrounding lymph nodes. In subtotal gastronomy, a part of the stomach is surgically removed, whereas, in total gastronomy, the whole stomach is removed. Patient is able to eat normally, though smaller quantities than before. Patients undergoing laparoscopic or robotic surgery recover quicker than those undergoing open surgery. Surgery is the main treatment in cancer.

Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy or radiotherapy uses energy rays to target and kill the cancerous cells. This, however, is not commonly used to treat stomach cancer as there is a chance of harming the adjacent organs.

Chemotherapy

This treatment uses drugs to stop the fast division and multiplication of the cancerous cells and shrink the tumor. The drugs for chemotherapy are known as cytotoxic medicines, and they travel through the whole body to attack the particular affected area and other areas where cancer is located.

These are just a few, there are many more treatments that have brought results in treating and controlling stomach cancer, and the doctor will advise on the procedure most suitable for any particular condition. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

2095 people found this helpful

Cancer - 6 Ways To Help You Manage Your Condition!

Dr. Mangesh Mekha 90% (32 ratings)
MBBS, MD, DM - Oncology
Oncologist, Pune
Cancer - 6 Ways To Help You Manage Your Condition!

We live in an age where every single individual, more or less, is exposed to the risk of cancer. It is probably an unfavorable lifestyle we lead that deprives us of good health. This might alarm many but considerable changes in lifestyle can help you realize cancer as a preventable disease. Cancer does not only make you undergo severe suffering but it also affects your friends and family. The pallor of misery spreads wider than you think.

  1. Abstain from tobacco: Consuming raw tobacco or smoking tobacco can be equally detrimental to your health. Tobacco increases your chances of contracting the disease. As is known, passive smoking can also affect your health adversely. Tobacco can be the potential cause behind cancer of the mouth, throat, larynx, lungs, oral cavity and even the pancreas. It might harm your kidneys and cervix. It is upon you to quit tobacco at the earliest possible. One should also try and persuade friends and relatives to give up smoking.
  2. Drink alcohol in moderation: Complete abstinence from alcohol might not be possible if you have already been ushered into your work- life. The society might require you to be an occasional drinker. It is important to drink in moderation. Crossing the limit can propel consequences as serious as cancer of the stomach, pancreas, liver and the heart.
  3. A balanced and nutritious dietDeciding on a plant- based diet or a Mediterranean diet can aid your fight against the risk of cancer. A Mediterranean diet will involve green leafy vegetables, lots of fresh fruits, whole grains, mixed nuts, legumes and also the use of extra- virgin olive oil. Fish can be a safe bet but red meat should be avoided. One must also try to avoid processed meat as they tend to make you prone to the risk of cancer.
  4. Immunization: Hepatitis B and HPV or Human papilloma virus vaccines are extremely necessary to protect you against the sexually transmitted types of cancer.
  5. Sun protection: Caring for your skin doesn't arise from vanity. Skin cancer is one of the most prevalent kinds of cancer; the chances of this disease can be restricted by remaining in shade especially during midday, by wearing covered clothes and by using a good sunscreen lotion repeatedly while outside.
  6. Exercise diligently: Did you think it was okay to have weaker muscles and bulging layers of fat? If yes, you probably have grown numb to the inadequacies you face in result. Unchecked fat can lead to obesity which further complicates health conditions. Metabolic activity differs from person to person. Regular exercising can help regulate metabolism according to the needs of your body. Physical exercise protects you against the risk of breast and colon cancer. Moderate or vigorous physical activity for 150 to 75 minutes a week respectively can reduce the risk of cancer.

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

2188 people found this helpful

Cancer Of Stomach - Know How To Diagnose It!

Dr. Sanjeev Kumar 89% (86 ratings)
MBBS, MS - General Surgery, MCH - Surgical Gastroenterology, Ex assistant professor
Gastroenterologist, Patna
Cancer Of Stomach - Know How To Diagnose It!

Cancer is a disease everyone dreads. It is not only difficult to come to terms with this but in many cases, it can be downright traumatic. Cancer is a medical condition wherein the growth of abnormal cells cannot be controlled. In some kind of cancers, the cells spread to other tissues making the situation worse.

Stomach cancer usually occurs across the lining of the stomach that is responsible for producing mucus. This form of cancer is known as adenocarcinoma. It has been witnessed that cancer occurring in the body of the stomach has drastically reduced. Instead, the cases of cancer occurring in the upper portion of the stomach have increased. This area of the cancer is termed as gastroesophageal junction.

What are the symptoms of stomach cancer?
Symptoms and visible signs of gastroesophageal junction cancer include the following:

  • Fatigue throughout the day
  • Feeling of bloating just after a meal.
  • Loss of appetite or feeling full after consuming very little food
  • Sharp to dull to constant pain in the stomach
  • Frequent but unexplained nausea
  • The persistent problem of indigestion.
  • Frequent heartburn
  • Frequent and persisting vomiting. This is applicable before and after dinner
  • A feeling of weakness throughout the day

Causes of stomach cancer:
Stomach cancer like any other cancer occurs when there is a mutation occurs in a cell. The mutation forces the cell to rapidly divide and grow. Like other cells, they do not die. They also affect the nearby organ and thus spreads throughout the body. Gastroesophageal junction cancer is closely related to smoking, obesity and gastrointestinal reflux disease. Studies have shown a high correlation between cancer in the main body of the stomach and salted foods.

What are the risks involved?
The primary risk for this condition is obesity and GERD. Factors that can increase the risk of stomach cancer include the following:

  • Smoked food or a diet that is rich in salt.
  • A family history of stomach cancer.
  • Polyps in the stomach.
  • A long history of inflammation of the stomach.
  • A diet that is not rich in vegetables and fruits.
  • Food infection with a fungus called aflatoxin.

Diagnosis of Stomach Cancer:
Diagnosis is done by a series of tests. Th first one being upper endoscopy that involves the insertion of a tiny camera inside the stomach to find out the inner picture. In the case of any suspiciousness, a small tissue is taken out to inspect. Some other imaging tests include CT scan, barium swallow etc. There could be four stages of cancer depending on the advancement of the spread of the cancer cells in other organs of the body.

Treatment:
The treatment plan is decided depending on the stage of cancer. If a doctor feels that surgery is required to eradicate the infected tissue, he suggests the same along with radiotherapy. If, however, the surgery is not needed, doctors suggest chemotherapy followed by few dosages of radiotherapy. The dosage is decided on the extent of the spread of cancer and other factors such as future threat, the present medical condition of the patient etc. Surgery is the only best hope available in present world depending upon the stage !

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

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Know the Symptoms, Causes and Treatment of Stomach Cancer

Dr. Sandeep Nayak 89% (43 ratings)
MBBS, DNB Gen Surgery, DNB Surgical Oncology
Oncologist, Bangalore
Know the Symptoms, Causes and Treatment of Stomach Cancer

A study conducted by World Health Organization across the globe revealed that approximately 723,000 cancer-related deaths annually, are caused due to stomach cancer. Stomach or gastric cancer is the growth of abnormal cells that form a mass in any part of the stomach. The most common stomach cancer, which has been reported around 90-95% of the total cases, affects the mucosa or the most superficial lining inside the stomach. This type of stomach cancer is referred to as adenocarcinoma.

Causes of Stomach Cancer

Any type of cancer occurs due to a change in the DNA structure, which disrupts the instructions that control the cell growth. However, the exact medical cause of stomach cancer is still unknown, but some common knowledge of the disease may let you know that it can also be caused due to smoking, unhealthy diet and hereditary factors.

Symptoms of Stomach Cancer

The symptoms of stomach cancer in its early stage is difficult to diagnose. As the initial symptoms are associated with some very common medical conditions, most people fail to recognize them as stomach cancer. This includes, a sensation of feeling full during meal, dysphagia or swallowing difficulties, feeling bloated after meals, excessive rate of burping, heartburn, continuous ingestion, stomach ache that rises to the breastbone, trapped wind and vomiting that contains blood.

As the tumor grows more prominent symptoms starts to appear. They include a staggering condition of dysphagia and extreme indigestion along with unexpected weight loss, continuous sickly feeling or anemic. Symptoms like accumulation of fluid inside stomach, black and bloodied stool, fatigue also constitutes to an advanced stage of stomach cancer.

Treating Stomach Cancer

The treatment of stomach cancer will depend on the stage of cancer and the overall health of the patient. There are several treatments available to treat, not cure, stomach cancer.

Surgery

Surgery involves removal of part or entire stomach along with the surrounding lymph nodes. In subtotal gastronomy, a part of the stomach is surgically removed, whereas, in total gastronomy, the whole stomach is removed. Patient is able to eat normally, though smaller quantities than before. Patients undergoing laparoscopic or robotic surgery recover quicker than those undergoing open surgery. Surgery is the main treatment in cancer.

Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy or radiotherapy uses energy rays to target and kill the cancerous cells. This, however, is not commonly used to treat stomach cancer as there is a chance of harming the adjacent organs.

Chemotherapy

This treatment uses drugs to stop the fast division and multiplication of the cancerous cells and shrink the tumor. The drugs for chemotherapy are known as cytotoxic medicines, and they travel through the whole body to attack the particular affected area and other areas where cancer is located.

These are just a few, there are many more treatments that have brought results in treating and controlling stomach cancer, and the doctor will advise on the procedure most suitable for any particular condition. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult an Oncologist.

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Stomach Cancer - How To Know If Someone Is Suffering From It?

Dr. Aloy J Mukherjee 89% (34 ratings)
MS - Surgery, MAMS, Senior Residency , MBBS, Fellow IAGES
Surgical Gastroenterologist, Delhi
Stomach Cancer - How To Know If Someone Is Suffering From It?

Cancer is one of the most fatal diseases in the world. Stomach cancer is also known as 'Gastric cancer'. Like other diseases, it is crucial that it gets identified in the early stages and gets treated before it reaches the incurable stage. Like other forms of cancer, the exact cause of stomach cancer is still not yet known. However, certain things make stomach cancer more likely to happen.

The possible causes of stomach cancer are given below:

Some of these causes apply to nearly all forms of cancer. However, some of them only apply to stomach cancer.

  1. Smoking
  2. Obesity
  3. Bad diet
  4. Stomach surgery for an ulcer
  5. Type-A blood
  6. Epstein-Barr virus infection
  7. Genetics
  8. Asbestos
  9. Exposure to certain materials in certain industries
  10. Helicobacter pylori bacteria
  11. Gastritis
  12. Anemia
  13. Polyps 

Some of the symptoms of stomach cancer are:

Stomach cancer like all other forms of cancer has various stages and it is crucial that it is diagnosed in the early stages so that the progression of it is stymied. At first, the symptoms of stomach cancer include indigestion, loss of appetite, slight nausea, heartburn and the feeling of being bloated after a meal.

However, indigestion and heartburn, doesn't always mean that you have stomach cancer, but if these conditions persist, you should visit a doctor to rule out the possibility of stomach cancer.

The growth of the tumor in your stomach can lead to various serious symptoms too, such as:

  1. Stomach pain
  2. Heartburn
  3. Blood in your stool
  4. Weakness or exhaustion
  5. Vomiting
  6. Diarrhea and constipation
  7. Weight loss for no apparent reason
  8. Swelling in your stomach
  9. Trouble in swallowing
  10. Eyes and skin turn yellowish

If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can ask a free question.

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Gastric Cancer: Causes and Symptoms

Dr. Vivek Sagar Pallepagu 89% (223 ratings)
MBBS, MD - General Medicine, DM - Gastroenterology
Gastroenterologist, Mahabubnagar
Gastric Cancer: Causes and Symptoms

Cancer is one of the most fatal diseases in the world. Stomach cancer is also known as 'Gastric cancer'. Like other diseases, it is crucial that it gets identified in the early stages and gets treated before it reaches the incurable stage. Like other forms of cancer, the exact cause of stomach cancer is still not yet known. However, certain things make stomach cancer more likely to happen.

The possible causes of stomach cancer are given below:

Some of these causes apply to nearly all forms of cancer. However, some of them only apply to stomach cancer.

  1. Smoking
  2. Obesity
  3. Bad diet
  4. Stomach surgery for an ulcer
  5. Type-A blood
  6. Epstein-Barr virus infection
  7. Genetics
  8. Asbestos
  9. Exposure to certain materials in certain industries
  10. Helicobacter pylori bacteria
  11. Gastritis
  12. Anemia
  13. Polyps 

Some of the symptoms of stomach cancer are:

Stomach cancer like all other forms of cancer has various stages and it is crucial that it is diagnosed in the early stages so that the progression of it is stymied. At first, the symptoms of stomach cancer include indigestion, loss of appetite, slight nausea, heartburn and the feeling of being bloated after a meal.

However, indigestion and heartburn, doesn't always mean that you have stomach cancer, but if these conditions persist, you should visit a doctor to rule out the possibility of stomach cancer.

The growth of the tumor in your stomach can lead to various serious symptoms too, such as:

  1. Stomach pain
  2. Heartburn
  3. Blood in your stool
  4. Weakness or exhaustion
  5. Vomiting
  6. Diarrhea and constipation
  7. Weight loss for no apparent reason
  8. Swelling in your stomach
  9. Trouble in swallowing
  10. Eyes and skin turn yellowish

If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Gastroenterologist.

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