Signs & Symptoms
- Early stomach cancer may not cause any symptoms.
- As the cancer grows, symptoms may include:
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Abdominal pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Swelling or fluid build-up in the abdomen
- Blood in the stool
The exact cause of stomach cancer is not known, but certain risk factors include:
- The stage of stomach cancer refers to the extent of the cancer and how far it has spread.
- Stages range from 0 to IV, with 0 indicating that the cancer is confined to the lining of the stomach and IV indicating that the cancer has spread to other parts of the body.
- Age: The risk of stomach cancer increases with age
- Gender: Men are more likely to develop stomach cancer than women
- Family history of stomach cancer
- Chronic inflammation of the stomach
- Poor diet
- HPV infection
Prevention, Screening & Diagnosis
- There is no sure way to prevent stomach cancer, but certain steps can be taken to reduce the risk, such as:
- Eating a healthy diet
- Not smoking
- Reducing alcohol consumption
- Screening for stomach cancer is typically done in people with a higher risk of the disease.
- Diagnosis is typically done through endoscopy, imaging tests and biopsy.
- Surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy are the most common treatment options for stomach cancer.
- The type of treatment recommended will depend on the stage of the cancer and the patient’s overall health.
- Surgery, such as a partial or total gastrectomy, may be used to remove the cancerous tissue.
- Radiation therapy and chemotherapy may be used to shrink the tumor before or after surgery, or as a standalone treatment for advanced stages of the cancer.
- Our team of specialists at MGM Cancer Institute will work with you to determine the best treatment plan for your individual needs.
Post treatment follow up
- After treatment, patients will be closely monitored to ensure that the cancer has been effectively treated.
- Follow-up appointments may include imaging tests, blood tests, and endoscopy.
- Our team of specialists will also work with you to manage any side effects or complications that may arise during or after treatment.
Call to Action: If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with stomach cancer and are in need of treatment, we encourage you to learn more about the options available at MGM Cancer Institute. Our team of specialists is dedicated to providing patients with the best possible care and outcomes. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our specialists +91 44 4251 5151 and email us at [email protected] for queries and more details.
Our Healthcaring Journey
Cancer starts when cells in the body begin to grow out of control. Stomach cancer, also called gastric cancer, begins when cells in the stomach start to grow out of control. Stomach cancer is different from other cancers that can occur in the abdomen, like cancer of the colon or rectum (large intestine), liver, pancreas, or small intestine. These cancers can have different symptoms, different outlooks, and different treatments.
Dr. Balaji Ramani, Senior Consultant, Oncology, MGM Cancer Institute, Chennai has talked about the stomach cancer and has answered a few questions which comes to our mind when we hear about the disease.
Dr Balaji Ramani | Surgical Oncology