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Dr. Carlo Contreras
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Stomach Cancer (Overview)

A disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the lining of the stomach.


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What are my chances of getting stomach cancer nowadays?

What are my chances of getting stomach cancer nowadays?

About 1:120 life tim: The overall incidence of stomach cancer in the United States has declined in the past 75 years. It is estimated that in 2011, 21, 520 americans will be diagnosed with stomach cancer and 10, 340 will die of this disease. Approximately 1 in 114 men and women will be diagnosed with cancer of the stomach during their lifetime; most people diagnosed with stomach cancer are over 65 years of age. ...Read more

Dr. Carlo Contreras
292 doctors shared insights

Stomach Cancer (Overview)

A disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the lining of the stomach.


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How does stomach cancer grow and spread?

How does stomach cancer grow and spread?

H pylori, gastritis: Infection by helicobacter pylori is believed to be the cause of most stomach cancer while autoimmune atrophic gastritis, intestinal metaplasia. There is a correlation between iodine deficiency or excess, iodine-deficient goitre and gastric cancer. Iodide ion can function in gastric mucosa as an antioxidant reducing species that can detoxify poisonous reactive oxygen species, like hydrogen peroxide. ...Read more

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Treating the Stomach Flu (Checklist)

See a doctor if you are vomiting/defecating uncontrollably
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Hydrate yourself to keep up with fluid loss; water is best
Daily
Practice good hand washing to help prevent the spread of stomach viruses
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Are appetite changes a symptom. Of stomach cancer?

Are appetite changes a symptom. Of stomach cancer?

They can be.: But stomach cancer is not the first thing that comes to mind when someone says they have appetite changes. There are many more common reasons for appetite changes. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of stomach cancer?

What are symptoms of stomach cancer?

Varies: Early disease typically has no symptoms. Most symptoms of gastric cancer reflect advanced disease. Patients may complain of non-specific symptoms like indigestion, nausea or vomiting. More concerning symptoms are difficulty swallowing, loss of appetite, melena, hematemesis, and weight loss. ...Read more

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Living with Skin Cancer (Checklist)

Avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 2 pm
daily
Apply sunscreen
2x day
Wear a hat outdoors on sunny days
daily
See a dermatologist for checkups
2x year
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What are the early signs of stomach cancer? Is it usually easily detectable?

What are the early signs of stomach cancer? Is it usually easily detectable?

Vague Symptoms, Yes: Stomach cancer may cause pain, bloating, nausea, heartburn, indigestion, or anemia, usually in people over age 60. This is similar to the symptoms of a stomach ulcer. If these symptoms do not get better with medication, a gastroenterologist will look into the stomach with a flexible camera and take a biopsy if needed. ...Read more

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Should everyone get a second opinion for a diagnosis of stomach cancer?

Should everyone get a second opinion for a diagnosis of stomach cancer?

No: Regardless of the type of cancer, it is critical that every patient that requires surgery have a crystal-clear understanding of their treatment. As a cancer surgeon, I feel that communication is as important as the operation itself (and usually takes longer). If a patient is not comfortable with what they have heard, a second opinion from an independent doctor of the same specialty can be helpful. ...Read more

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Managing Pain from Cancer (Checklist)

Ask an oncologist to refer you to a cancer pain specialist
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Ask a pain specialist about both interventional and medication options
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If you have pancreatic cancer, ask about a celiac plexus block
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If you have neuropathy, request a trial of ketamine-based topical creams
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What are some meal ideas for someone who was diagnosed with stomach cancer?

They decide: Whatever food they love and can tolerate. There is no magic in the food once the cancer has appeared. Many stomach cancers, including the large majority of lymphomas, are curable today, and the fact that the rate of stomach cancer dropped amazingly during the 1900s is evidence of the value of refrigeration and food preservatives. Good luck, and god bless. ...Read more

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Can ultrasound test reveal stomach cancer?

Can ultrasound test reveal stomach cancer?

Endoscopic : Endoscopic ultrasound can be used to diagnose cancer and get biopsies. Regular ultrasound is not so useful in this case. ...Read more

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What are reliable tests for diagnosing stomach cancer? Knowing h pylori is common, how can I get tested for it?

What are reliable tests for diagnosing stomach cancer? Knowing h pylori is common, how can I get tested for it?

Upper Endoscopy: The gold standard test for diagnosing stomach cancer is upper endoscopy. In countries where stomach cancer is more common, such as japan, the entire population is screened for this cancer, much like what we recommend for colon ca. H pylori testing (the bacteria responsible for ulcer disease) can be done directly during upper endoscopy or through blood tests (or a breath test). ...Read more

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What test do you need to have to take to find out if you have stomach cancer?

What test do you need to have to take to find out if you have stomach cancer?

Endoscopy and/or: Upper GI series with barium. Stomach cancer can be detected by visualization of the stomach through and endoscope and biopsy of suspicious lesions for examination by a pathologist. X-rays may detect an abnormality but endoscopy will be needed for biopsy. ...Read more

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What causes stomach cancer?

What causes stomach cancer?

Several risk factors: Stomach cancer happens when a mutation in one of the stomach's normal cells leads to cancerous transformation. Although no one knows exactly why this mutation happens, there are several risk factors for stomach cancer including asian ethnicity, smoking, a family history of stomach cancer, and infection with the bacteria h. Pylori. ...Read more

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I recently lost my appetite for meat im 22 does loss of appetite for meats mean stomach cancer?

I recently lost my appetite for meat im 22 does loss of appetite for meats mean stomach cancer?

Doesn't correlate: There is little correlation of altered food preferences with specific cancers. Your taste has matured, that's all. A diet high in animal fat does however correlate with a higher incidence of gastrointestinal cancers. So, you've actually decreased your risk by cutting back on meat consumption & probably saved a bundle on your food bill. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to treat mild stomach cancer?

No mild gastric canc: There is not such thing as "mild gastric cancer", that name does not mean anything. The classification of cancer is done with the system tnm, this system is done when the patient has an operation for the cancer and the pathologist will obtain the information for the classification and postoperative treatment. T is for tumor; n is for regional lymph node and m for distant metastasis. ...Read more

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I have mild gastritis. Is this something I should treat to prevent stomach cancer?

Unlikely to cause CA: If you know you have mild gastritis then it sounds like you must have already had an upper endoscopy to give you that specific diagnosis. If not then you should have an egd. It is unlikely that if you just have mild irritation of the stomach lining (gastritis) that you will develop stomach cancer. However, you should follow the recommendations of your doctor that did the endoscopy. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with stage 4 stomach cancer. What is my life prognosis, a where else will it spread to? The doctors say it can't be treated.

I have been diagnosed with stage 4 stomach cancer. What is my life prognosis, a where else will it spread to? The doctors say it can't be treated.

Am Cancer Society: First of all, I am sorry to hear of your diagnosis. You can find survival statistics at the american cancer society website for a variety if cancers. Remember however that you are not a statistic. That doesn't mean you should ignore stats, just remember there is always hope. Also remember that quality is usually better than quantity in terms of life expectancy. God bless you and good luck. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for stomach cancer?

What is the best treatment for stomach cancer?

Type and stage: Treatment will depend on the type of cancer and the stage of cancer. Your performance status (how good your condition is/other medical problems etc) is also a very important factor that has to be calculated in when deciding the best treatment for each case. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for stomach cancer?

Depends: Treatment of stomach cancer depends on what type it is. Lymphoma is treated with chemotherapy. Adenocarcinoma is treated with surgical resection if the cancer is contained and not spread to other sites such as the liver. Sometimes surgical bypass if cancer is obstructing the stomach, or chemotherapy to try to shrink it. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more