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Inoperable Stomach Cancer
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
Sometimes: Typical pancreatic cancer (adenocarcinoma) is sometimes, but only rarely, curable. It is usually diagnosed in an advanced state making cure with surgery less likely. If relatively localized, chemotherapy and radiation therapy can improve survival time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes/no: It's one of the worst cancers and the cure rates are low. It also depends on the stage and location of the tumor. Some early detected cancers with a tumor location away from the duodenum and biliary pathways carry better prognosis than other types. Also, the longer the tumor doesn't give out metastasis, the higher the chance of cure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
4-18 months: Stage 4 stomach (gastric) cancer means the cancer has spread or metastasized to sites far from the stomach. Unfortunately, the prognosis is poor. The median range of survival for stage 4 gastric cancer is 4 - 18 months. Experimental treatment options may be available depending upon your locale. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Yes. Many people are cured with colon cancer. If found early surgery alone may be curable. If more advanced (eg, lymph node involvement or metastatic = spread to areas outside of colon), then chemotherapy may be needed. While less likely, even a few % of people with metastatic colon ca may be cured. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Are carcinoid tumors carcinoma? Is malignant metastatic stomach carcinoma that's hereditary a carcinoid cancer? carcinoid Neuroendocrine tumors?
Depends on stage: Chemotherapy is never used for stage 1 cancers (early). It is sometimes used in stage 2 cancers (early but more advanced than stage 1). Chemotherapy is definitely beneficial in stage 3 cancers (locally advanced) and in stage 4 cancers (distant spread). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How common is stomach cancer in the U.S., and does it mostly affect certain types of people, such as meat-eaters?
Not very common: Stomach or gastric cancers have decreased in the US since the 1940's. There are some stomach cancers however associated with H. pylori stomach infections. Smoked foods, excess alcohol intake, and cigarette smoking may be associated with stomach cancer. It is more common in other countries than the US. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cancer cell spread: The stage of stomach cancer depends on how far cancer cells have spread or invaded. This can be stages 0, i, ii, iii, or iv. Stage 0 is very early disease that has not spread. Stage i is minimal or local invasion. Stages ii and iii are more invasive. Stage IV is metastatic or has spread to tissues, lymph nodes, or other organs further from the original tumor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possible symptoms:: Fatigue feeling bloated after eating feeling full after eating small amounts of food heartburn that is severe and persistent indigestion that is severe and unrelenting nausea that is persistent and unexplained stomach pain vomiting that is persistent weight loss that is unintentional. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cannot: You cannot tell yourself. Stomach cancer is rare in the us. Would need to see a doctor for an examination and maybe see a gastroenterologist for endoscopy. Late signs of stomach cancer can be vomiting frequently, weight loss, anemia, marked upper abdominal pains going into the back. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why do you feel this: Tell us about your medical history related to this matter. Unless you have abdominal symptoms and or imaging findings of a mass/growth in the abdomen, you have little basis to suspect stomach cancer. So send us the missing information(your symptoms and your test results) ...Read more
Untreated is fatal: Stomach cancer is a result of helicobacter causing ulcers, the lesion is defined on x ray as an ulcer along the greater curvature or prepyloric region. This is not a duodenal ulcer but a gastric ulcer. Other tumors are found at the cardioesophageal region and cause swallowing problems and bleeding. I there are no symptoms you probably are free of any stomach cancer. ...Read more
Early stage none: In curable early stages no symptoms, gastric ca is uncommon in west routine screenings are not done, in japan where it is common is detected by gastric cytology and endoscopy results are superior. When symptoms of dyspepsia, nausea, pains bleeding, obstruction appear the disease is advanced. ...Read more
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