"About Stomach Cancer"

If you need stomach cancer or gastric carcinoma advice including causes, diagnosis, surgery, chemotherapy, awareness & survival rates, qualified help is here!

Hello, I'm Dr Peter Thatcher and you can find out more about me here.  For anyone looking for advice about this disease it is important to get accurate and reliable information.

As a physician, with personal experience of this type of tumor and its management, I am best placed to help you through this condition. So...

What Is Stomach Cancer?

Stomach Cancer Picture

The term "cancer" is used when a malignant growth arises from a group of abnormally dividing cells in your body. In this case, the abnormal cells arise from the lining of your stomach. 

It is particularly common if you:

  • Are over the age of 55 years
  • Are Male
  • Smoke
  • Have A Family History
  • Are Blood Group A
  • Have An Infection Called Helicobacter pylori
  • Eat A Lot of Salted or Pickled Foods
  • Have  A Raw Fish Diet

What Are The Symptoms?

There are many symptoms, some of which are common to most of us. This makes diagnosing the disease difficult in the earlier stages. Below I have listed some of the more common ones for you: 

  • A new onset of heartburn or Indigestion

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Early satiety or feeling full too early when eating meals
  • Bloating
  • Dysphagia or a feeling of food sticking
  • Regurgitating or vomiting food
  • Tiredness
  • Have black stools or bowel motions

You can read more about the early and late signs and symptoms

How is It Diagnosed?

An Ulcerated Stomach Cancer

Stomach cancer is diagnosed from the group of symptoms you have and thorough investigations, the most important of which is an endoscopy. This is a flexible camera examination where the endoscopist can visualize your tumor and take biopsies to confirm the diagnosis.

Other investigations may include:

  • CT scans
  • Ultrasound
  • X-rays
  • MRI
  • Blood tests

The earlier the diagnosis is made the more likely you are to be successfully treated for the tumor.

You can read more about the various investigations in the diagnosis section

How Is It Treated?

The type of treatment offered depends on what form of tumor you have and the stage of your disease.

The most common form is an adenocarcinoma which arises from glandular cells which in the lining. These tumors are sometimes referred to as gastric carcinomas by doctors.

You can read more about the various types of tumor here.

Treatment normally involves surgery, particularly when there is no evidence of tumor spread. This gives you the best chance for surviving the condition.

Other treatments that may be offered include:

  • Chemotherapy 
  • Radiotherapy

You can read more about all these different treatments and much more in the treatment section

What Happens In More Advanced Disease?

If your disease is more advanced (when doctors are unable to cure your tumor) you will likely be offered palliative care.

This is directed at helping your symptoms by the use of:

  • Palliative chemotherapy
  • Radiotherapy
  • Stenting of your tumor
  • Pain relief
  • Hollistic or complimentary treatments
  • Psychological support

You can read more about this in the stage 4 section

What Is My Prognosis?

Prognosis is really another word for survival. Chances of survival depend on how advanced your disease is or the stage of your disease.

The earlier your stage, the more likely you are to survive stomach cancer. Your stage is determined by the length of time you have had the disease and the results of investigations you have had. 

You can find out more about this in the prognosis section

Need More Information?

It's important to take time reading through the pages of this website to gain a thorough knowledge.

Use the sitemap for a quick reference if you are looking for something in particular. 

If you can't find what you are looking for, would like advice or just want to leave a comment its easy to do. Each page on this website gives you an option to do so at the bottom of the page. You can also leave you story in for other visitors to read an learn from in the patient stories section.

There's also a resources section with some helpful links to other sites of interest.

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