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How do I know if I have stomach cancer or an ulcer?

How do I know if I have stomach cancer or an ulcer?

MD: The only way to know for sure is seeing your doc for an evaluation. Very likely he/ she will send you to a gastroenterologist, who will do a scope (egd). Best to you. ...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


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What is the difference between the symptoms of stomach cancer and stomach ulcers?

What is the difference between the symptoms of stomach cancer and stomach ulcers?

Symptoms Overlap: Ulcers are associated with acidity, pain, eating difficulty, low blood levels, weight loss sometimes. Cancers can have the similar picture but do not get better with acid-blockers. Also cancers when advanced lead to nausea, vomitting, fatigue and a more severe picture. Than ulcers. ...Read more

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What causes laryngopharyngeal? Can it be from ulcer or stomach cancer?

What causes laryngopharyngeal? Can it be from ulcer or stomach cancer?

Laryngoesoph reflux?: Its just a type of reflux where the valve at the top of the stomach fails and you regurgitate all the way up-- easy/common when laying down at night. Not helped by antacid medications, but hard to diagnose and overdiagnosed by some ents when they see red vocal cords. ...Read more

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Does stomach cancer respond to ppi's or/and acidic food? I know stomach ulcers & gasritis do but was just wondering if this is the case for cancer ?

Does stomach cancer respond to ppi's or/and acidic food? I know stomach ulcers & gasritis do but was just wondering if this is the case for cancer ?

of course: Of course those meds and measures do not cure cancer. If your question is about the symptoms, many times they actually get ameliorated by meds and foods. But this is precisely the problem: people may minimize this way the (masked) (and sometimes only) symptoms and delay the diagnosis and treatment for years; which makes the prognosis worse. ...Read more

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Had an endoscopy today and heme were seen. Also severe gastritis and ulcers. 4 family members died of stomach cancer. Should i be concerned of heme?

Had an endoscopy today and heme were seen.  Also severe gastritis and ulcers.  4 family members died of stomach cancer.  Should i be concerned of heme?

Yes, somewhat.: This indicates that there has been bleeding in your GI tract, most likely in your stomach. You should get any ulcer biopsied, and, at least, stop the bleeding. You should get a full work-up of any ulcers, tested for h. Pylori infection, and very aggressive follow-up due to your family history, along with therapy for your gastritis. You should start your follow-up and see your doctor very soon. ...Read more

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How often should I have an endoscopy test? My grandfather had stomach cancer, grandmother died from oesophageal cancer and mother suffers from ulcers.

How often should I have an endoscopy test? My grandfather had stomach cancer, grandmother died from oesophageal cancer and mother suffers from ulcers.

Endoscopy: There is no standard guideline for how often you should have an endoscopy in this situation. In the absence of barrett's esophagus, h pylori, or symptoms there is generally no clear indication for recurrent endoscopy. ...Read more

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Chronic gastritis/ulcers/irritation not caused by H. pylori can still lead to stomach cancer. What diagnosis tests would help check for cancer in this case?

Chronic gastritis/ulcers/irritation not caused by H. pylori can still lead to stomach cancer.  What diagnosis tests would help check for cancer in this case?

Stomach CA: If someone knows that you have chronic gastritis they have already been down your throat with a scope. Further recommendations for repeat scope should be driven by those with direct visualization of your stomach. That would be the only way to test for cancer. ...Read more

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Can stomach cancer be diagnosed without actual tumors being visuall? I have hpylori, severe gastritis and ulcers along with interstitial cystitis.

Yes: Stomach cancer is usually diagnosed by looking at biopsy specimens under the microscope. Samples are obtained by scope evaluation (egd). Treat your stomach problems with potent acid-blockers; avoid smoking, alcohol, and other irritants. Barrett's esophagitis or stomach cancer should be monitored by your GI doctor with regular egds. ...Read more

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I'm 25 Constant Heartburn with a burping For a week.Could it be ulcer or stomach cancer?lil relief when i take Pepcid (famotidine).And poop breaks apart in water

I'm 25 Constant Heartburn with a burping For a week.Could it be ulcer or stomach cancer?lil relief when i take Pepcid (famotidine).And poop breaks apart in water

Many things can-: -cause your stomach symptoms, & @ Ur age cancer is @ the bottom of the list. Ulcers, reflux disease R more common, also an hiatal hernia. Consult an upper GI specialist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Upper scope after getting nurofen stuck in throat. Abrasions in throat and tiny ulcer found in stomach. Biopsy of ulcer done. Scared of stomach cancer. Gerd but scope last April clr with pilori neg?

Upper scope after getting nurofen stuck in throat. Abrasions in throat and tiny ulcer found in stomach. Biopsy of ulcer done. Scared of stomach cancer.  Gerd but scope last April clr with pilori neg?

Stomach Cancer..why?: Sounds like you had ' Pill Esophigitis' and minor case of gastritis. There appears to be no reason for FEAR. what makes of scared of Stomach Cancer. Stomach Cancer is rare in the WEST. More common in Japan. Yes, do consider colonscopy screen for colon cancer after age 50. ...Read more

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16 year old male. My stomach very acidic which regularly does not hurt but feels somewhat like fire. Could this be asign of ulcers, reflux, or cancer?

16 year old male. My stomach very acidic which regularly does not hurt but feels somewhat like fire. Could this be asign of ulcers, reflux, or cancer?

Stomach irritation: "acidic" feeling or sharp pains below breastbone/upper midabdomen can certainly be signs of stomach or small intestine (duodenal) irritation (gastritis/duodenitis), an infection (helicobacter pylori), ulcers, and very rarely in a 16 year old, tumors or cancers. If antacids help, likely it's excess acid production, or a decrease in protective mucus (from smoking, advil/aleve, infection). See md! ...Read more

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What are tests help to diagonsis cancer in stomach ulcers?

What are tests help to diagonsis cancer in stomach ulcers?

Biopsy: Only a biopsy can make the diagnosis of stomach cancer. If a stomach ulcer needs to be biopsied, a doctor needs to do an endoscopy (inserting a tube with a camera down your throat to your stomach) and then take a biopsy. Then the pathologist looks at it and see if there is cancer or not. Biopsy is the only way. ...Read more

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How long can it take for multiple stomach ulcers (biopsy shows no cancer) to fully heal?

6 weeks minimum: Usually stomach ulcers are treated with proton pump inhibitors for at least 6 weeks. Everyone is different so please follow the recommendations of the doctor that diagnosed your ulcers. ...Read more

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What is the blood test used to diagnosis stomach ulcer cancer?

What is the blood test used to diagnosis stomach ulcer cancer?

None: There is no diagnostic blood test for stomach cancer. A biopsy is necessary to make this diagnosis. Usually this is done by a gastroenterologist during an upper endoscopy. ...Read more

Dr. Clarence Grim
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Aphthous Ulcers (Definition)

Apthous ulcers affect the loose mucosal surfaces of the oral cavity (cheeks, lips, tongue, etc). They appear as a circular white ulcer with a red halo around the edges. The cause is unknown, but thought to be viral. The most common type, apthous minor, lasts about 10-14 days, are painful for the first 7-10 days, and heal on their own. There is also apthous ...Read more


Oral Ulceration (Definition)

Oral ulcerations appear as necrotic or eroded areas on the oral mucosa, including the tongue. Most such lesions are idiopathic (aphthous) or of viral etiology (e.g., herpes simplex virus [hsv]; rarely herpes zoster [vzv]). Oral ulcerations may be caused by fungal, parasitic, or bacteriologic pathogens; malignancy; ...Read more