What is gastric cancer?
Gastric cancer is cancer that occurs in the stomach. This is rare in the United States, and continues to decline.
The specific causes of gastric cancer is still unknown, but there are some risk factors that appear to be associated with it. These include family history of stomach cancer, h.pylori infection, diet low in fruits and vegetables, diet high in processed foods, smoking, and chronic stomach inflammation. Following a healthy diet and avoiding smoking may help decrease your risk of developing stomach cancer.
Symptoms include bloating, feeling full after eating only a small amount, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, unintentional weight loss, black stools and persistent heartburn.
Gastric cancer is typically diagnosed on upper endoscopy, which Dr. Ahmed performs at MESC. If you have symptoms, make an office visit at CGH and we can schedule this test. Sometimes stomach cancer is found on radiology tests such as an upper GI, barium swallow, or CT scan, but diagnosis is made from biopsy that is done with upper endoscopy.
Stomach cancer is removed with surgery, but sometimes chemotherapy or radiation is needed as well.