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

Gastric Cancer

The cancer surgeons of Surgical Oncology at Mercy in Baltimore treat a wide range of cancers, including stomach cancer, also known as gastric cancer. At Mercy, our surgeons will work with you, as well as a team of cancer specialists, to develop a plan to treat your stomach cancer.  

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 Surgical Oncology at Mercy, our cancer doctors work with patients and their families to make a thorough assessment of a patient’s condition to develop the best treatment options for stomach cancer. Your treatment options will depend on several factors including the stage of cancer or when it was diagnosed, your general health and your treatment preference.  Stomach cancer treatment options may include:

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