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Stomach Cancer

It can develop in any part of the stomach and may spread throughout the stomach and to other organs; particularly the oesophagus, the lungs and the liver. Stomach cancer causes nearly one million deaths worldwide per year.

Most Stomach Cancers form a tumour (lump) or ulcer in the inner lining of the stomach. Less commonly, the cancer spreads along the stomach wall without forming a discrete lump. This is known as a diffused tumour.

In the early stages, Stomach Cancer is contained within the stomach lining or stomach wall. However, the Cancer Cells can also spread into neighbouring organs. Sometimes the Cancer Cells can break away and travel to distant parts of the body in the blood stream and the lymph system (the lymphatic system which makes up part of the body’s Immune System).

What are the symptoms?

Early Stomach Cancer can cause very mild indigestion-like symptoms. These include :-

• Feeling full after eating only a small meal.
• Heartburn.
• Stomach pain.
• Nausea.
• Vomiting.
• Difficulty swallowing.

As the cancer grows, one may have other symptoms such as weight loss, vomiting blood or passing blood in faeces. This is not usually fresh, red blood, but dark blood. The blood loss may go unnoticed, but over a period of time, it can cause anaemia (when you have too few red blood cells or not enough haemoglobin in your blood).

The tests that are applicable to this pathological condition are :-

However not all of the doctors will necessarily use all of these tests, some may use less and some more. Specific patients may require different tests and therefore the final selection of any tests must be made in conjunction with a medical doctor.

We appreciate that some readers have yet to decide upon the doctor and if you would like to receive a short list from which you can make the final selection please E-mail us. It is advisable that you identify the suspected or diagnosed pathological condition in order for us to provide the most appropriate options.
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