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Gastric Cancer

Gastric Cancer

Also known as stomach cancer, gastric cancer consists of malignant cells growing in the lining of the stomach.

What are the symptoms of gastric cancer?
Commonly, there are no symptoms early on. Because of this, gastric cancer is often not discovered until it is at an advanced stage, when symptoms may include heartburn, nausea, loss of appetite and abdominal pain, jaundice, vomiting and blood in the stool.

How is gastric cancer diagnosed?
If gastric cancer is suspected, a biopsy will be taken via an endoscope, a long, flexible tube that can be inserted down the throat. Additional imaging will be done to see if the cancer has spread anywhere else in the body.

What are the treatments for gastric cancer?
Surgery is the only cure for gastric cancer. Radiation or, less commonly, chemotherapy, may accompany this treatment plan.

What are the risk factors for gastric cancer?
Most gastric cancer is caused by an infection with helicobacter pylori. The cancer sometimes has a genetic component, so those with a close family member with gastric cancer are at higher risk. It is twice as common in men as it is in women. Smoking and obesity and diabetes increase risk. A Mediterranean diet rich in fruits and vegetables may be protective.

What are some additional resources for learning about gastric cancer?
If you or your loved one is facing gastric cancer, CalvertHealth has a whole range of services designed to help you so you never take this journey alone. Please talk to your CalvertHealth provider or your Nurse Navigator, or check the service pages for information about treatments, services and support groups.