about stomach cancer
Stomach cancer is a relatively rare type of cancer.
The first symptoms of stomach cancer are vague and easily confused with other serious diseases. It includes:
Frequent indigestion and heartburn
A snarling wind, a continuous hum
Feeling full and full after eating
Constant stomach pain
Advanced symptoms of stomach cancer include:
blood or black stools
Loss of appetite
The early symptoms of stomach cancer are similar to those of many other diseases, so the cancer is often advanced before it is diagnosed. Therefore, it is important that the doctor examines the symptoms of stomach cancer as soon as possible.
Read more about stomach cancer diagnosis
The exact cause of stomach cancer is not yet known, but it is more likely to develop if you:
55 years and older
Eat foods low in fiber, processed foods, or high in red meat
Eating a diet rich in salty and pickled foods
Stomach infection caused by Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori).
Read more about the causes of stomach cancer.
Types of stomach cancer
There are several types of stomach cancer. More than 95 percent of stomach cancers arise in the cells lining the stomach, called adenocarcinoma.
Rare types of stomach cancer include gastric lymphoma, which develops in the lymphoid tissue (tissue that drains fluid and helps fight infection), and gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST), which develops in the muscle or connective tissue of the stomach wall. .
How is stomach cancer treated?
Although many cases of gastric cancer cannot be completely cured, it is still possible to relieve symptoms and improve quality of life with chemotherapy and, in some cases, radiation therapy and surgery.
If surgery can remove all the tumor tissue, then surgery can cure stomach cancer.
Surgery to remove part or all of the stomach is called a gastric bypass. After gastric bypass surgery, you will still be able to eat normally, but you will need to adjust the amount of food you eat.
Chemotherapy may be given before surgery to shrink the tumor and sometimes after surgery to prevent the tumor from coming back.