Stomach (Gastric) Cancer is Treated by Mercy’s Cancer Doctors

Gastric Cancer

Medical oncologists of Mercy Medical Center bring years of experience and clinical expertise to the treatment of a wide spectrum of cancers, including gastric cancer, also known as stomach cancer. Our team of doctors in Baltimore, Maryland, is dedicated to help patients find the treatment option that is best for them, within a supportive environment, focused on patient education and compassionate care.

About the Condition

Stomach cancer, also known as gastric cancer, is a cancer that forms malignant tumors in the lining of the stomach. The most common type of gastric cancer is adenocarcinoma. Lymphoma, the other type of stomach cancer, occurs within the blood vessels, fat and muscles of the stomach.

If diagnosed early, stomach cancer may be curable. However, most often, it is found in a late stage and the prognosis is poor. 

What are the risks factors of stomach (gastric) cancer?

Men are more at risk than women of getting stomach cancer. If you have a family history of gastric cancer, your risk is doubled. Other risk factors associated with stomach cancer include:

  • African American or Asian descent
  • Geographic location
  • Diets low in fruits and vegetables
  • Abuse of alcohol and tobacco
  • Blood type A
  • Chronic health conditions (gastritis, gastric polyps)
  • H pylori infection of the stomach
  • Pernicious anemia
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Symptoms & Diagnostic Process

Early stomach (gastric) cancer symptoms may include:

  • Indigestion
  • Heartburn
  • Nausea
  • Feeling bloated after a meal
  • Loss of hunger

Because these symptoms are similar to peptic ulcers it is essential to seek care from your doctor for treatment.  In late stages, gastric cancer symptoms may involve:

  • Pain in the middle and upper stomach
  • Pain after eating a meal
  • Blood in the stools and vomit
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of weight

Your doctor will perform a physical and discuss your medical history. A series of tests and procedures may be used to diagnose gastric (stomach) cancer including:

  • Blood tests including CBC or a complete blood count and fecal
  • Upper endoscopy
  • Barium swallow
  • CT Scan
  • Biopsy
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Treatment Options

At Medical Oncology and Hematology at Mercy, our doctors work with patients and their families to make a thorough assessment of a patient’s condition to develop a treatment plan for gastric cancer. Gastric cancer treatment options will depend on several factors including your stage of cancer or at what point it was diagnosed, general health and treatment preference.  Gastric cancer treatment options may include: