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Stomach Cancer

Choice Cancer Care -  - Board Certified Medical Oncologist

Choice Cancer Care

BOARD CERTIFIED MEDICAL ONCOLOGISTS, RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS, & HEMATOLOGISTS LOCATED IN IRVING, TX; LEWISVILLE, TX; PLANO, TX; & SOUTHLAKE, TX

The good news is that stomach cancer doesn’t even rank in the top 10 most common cancers. Unfortunately, this type of cancer usually isn’t diagnosed until it reaches an advanced stage, making it more difficult to treat. The team at Choice Cancer Care has years of experience diagnosing and treating stomach cancer, as well as pancreatic cancer. To get the comprehensive care you need, don’t wait to schedule an appointment. Use the online booking feature or call one of the offices in Plano, Lewisville, Irving, or Southlake, Texas, today.

Stomach Cancer Q & A

What is stomach cancer?

Stomach cancer, or gastric cancer, develops when cells in your stomach grow faster than normal and then develop into a tumor. Most stomach cancers, called adenocarcinomas, start in the glandular tissues lining your gut.

You can also develop other stomach tumors, including lymphomas, gastric sarcomas, and neuroendocrine tumors.

A common bacterium, Helicobacter pylori, causes stomach inflammation and ulcers. It’s also the top cause of stomach cancer and contributes to pancreatic cancer as well.

What symptoms appear if I have stomach cancer?

Stomach cancer is seldom found at an early stage because several health problems could cause its generic symptoms. You may experience:

  • Heartburn or indigestion
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Stomach bloating after meals
  • Loss of appetite
  • Feeling like food gets stuck in your throat

As the cancer reaches a more advanced stage, you start to feel fatigued and may vomit blood or have blood in your stool.

What is pancreatic cancer?

Your pancreas has two major parts, and cancer can occur in both:

Exocrine tumors

The exocrine part of your pancreas produces the enzymes needed to digest food. About 95% of all pancreatic cancers are adenocarcinomas that grow in this part of the organ.

Endocrine tumors

This part of your pancreas supplies insulin and glucagon, the hormones that regulate blood sugar levels. Tumors that develop in this area called neuroendocrine tumors or islet cell tumors, often produce hormones. 

Abnormally high levels of hormones may cause symptoms that don’t seem to be associated with cancer. For example, you may have heartburn, diarrhea, constipation, or even a skin rash.

Other than hormone-related problems, pancreatic cancer seldom causes symptoms until the disease reaches an advanced stage. Then you may notice problems such as jaundice, abdominal pain, stomach bloating, foul-smelling stools that float, and a burning feeling in your stomach.

How is stomach cancer treated?

Your doctor at Choice Cancer Care may recommend one of several possible treatments for stomach cancer. In many cases, a combination of treatments delivers the best possible outcome:

  • Surgery
  • Radiation therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Targeted therapy
  • Immunotherapy

You currently have fewer treatment options for pancreatic cancer. Most patients undergo surgery either alone or together with radiation therapy or chemotherapy.

Don’t wait to seek help for stomach symptoms, even if they don’t seem notable. Schedule an appointment online or call Choice Cancer Care today.