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Stomach Cancer Linitis Plastica
What is the life expectancy of an individual with secondary linitis plastica from primary breast cancer?
Poor: Because early detection and treatment of breast cancer, leads to longer survival, unusual patterns of spread have been reported. One is linitis plastica of the stomach.a potential long-term sequela of metastatic breast cancer. The rare case of breast adenoCa to stomach presents as a nodular lesion; lobular Ca induces linitis plastica and is the most common lesion with poor surlvival . ...Read more
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
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 more
What are survival odds for early stage stomach cancer? It’s stage 1, so is it likely it can be cured? Will I have to worry about it coming back?
Need more info.: The best physician to ask is the physician who performed the endoscopy test (inserted the flexible camera into your stomach). Ct scan is often very inaccurate in locating stomach cancer. Knowing the location is essential in determining what kind (if any) operation the patient might be eligible for. I encourage you to call your gastroenterologist to discuss further. ...Read more
Maybe: I'm sure you have been told it will take a full court press to lick this. Both surgery and chemotherapy. If this is you, you are young and should try and pursue all options. There are several excellent cancer hospital close to you, and a referral could be helpful if one hasn't been initiated. ...Read more
Feeling full quickly:
Signs and symptoms of stomach cancer may include:
•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
•vomiting that is persistent
•weight loss that is unintentional. ...Read more
Yes, but very rare: It is rare to have gastric cancer at such a young age. However, a familial type of gastric cancer does exist (hereditary diffuse gastric cancer). Worldwide, the incidence of stomach cancer among population aged between 25-35 is increasing suggesting perhaps there is a new enviromental exposure. ...Read more
A complete careplan: Getting mutlidisciplinary care, that is, getting a complete team of cancer specialists including surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, and nutritionists to design and and help complete a comprehensive care plan. Post-treatment care with weight control, diet changes (more fats and veggies), eliminating smoking and alcohol, an exercise plan, and regular follow-up with the cancer team. ...Read more
Maligngncy of: Patterns have been changing over the years. Now mostly an ulcerating growth near the cardia. Lesion induced by helcobacter pylori with resulting ulcer replaced not by adjacent mucosa but by bone marrow stem cells. These cells are converted to malignancy by the helicobacter toxins. Lesion progresses to perforate and spread unless surgically resected. ...Read more
Vague and subtle: Early fullness with meals (satiety), heartburn, sometimes difficulty swallowing if tumor is at top of stomach, black or dark stools, vague sense of enlargement or fullness just below breastbone, fatigue, decreased energy, muscle wasting or weakness, loss of taste for meat, craving ice, lack of interest in food, nausea, "indigestion." These are all vague, caused by many things, which means dx late ...Read more
Dependson stage.: The treatment and survival depends on how deep the cancer has penetrated the wall of the stomach, and if there is any spread beyond the stomach. For very early stomach cancer, after surgery, there is about a 70% chance of surviving 5 years. This drops to 30-40% if the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes, and about 5% if there is spread to other organs. Not all patients are candidates for surgery. ...Read more