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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

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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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

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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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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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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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My gastro dr did 12 biopsies today after finding severe gastritis, linear ulcers and heme, 2gparents and 2 uncles died of stomach cancer. Is 12 normal?

Biopsies: The number of biopsies is determined by the number if findings. What is more important is what the biopsies show. ...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.

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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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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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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Black stool and abdominal pain for a few days now. Could it be symptomatic of stomach cancer, colon cancer, ulcer? I am a worried

Black stool and abdominal pain for a few days now. Could it be symptomatic of stomach cancer, colon cancer, ulcer? I am a worried

At 19 yr age?: But need to find the source of bleeding and the cause at your age cancer is not the cause (but age is not an exception for cancer). Speak to your doctor ...Read more

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17 y/o, history of ulcer/gastritis, mild nausea, fatigue, swollen lymph nodes, indigestion, mild abdominal pain and tenderness could it be stomach cancer?

No, Not likely: Stomach cancer (gastric cancer) is an uncommon condition and it primary occurs in adults and older folks.
You should go see your doctor who can easily treat your gastritis.
.Avoid alcohol and aspirin/motrin like drugs which can cause gastritis. Antacids may be helpful to relive your symptoms. But you need a primary care doctor who can help you to find out the nature of the problem and treat it. ...Read more

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Help please? What are the symptoms of stomach cancer?

Help please? What are the symptoms of stomach cancer?

Feeling full quickly: Signs and symptoms of stomach cancer may include:
•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 more

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Could you tell me what are the symptoms of stomach cancer?

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

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What are common stomach cancer symptoms?

What are common stomach cancer symptoms?

Stomach cancer: Stomach cancer can present with various symptoms. The most common are indigestion, abdominal pain and cramps, regurgitation (food just won't go down and come back up) and weight loss. Some people have bleeding resulting in dark or black feces. They become very weak due to anemia. Loss of appetite and pain when eating are also common. With advanced disease fever and night sweats can occur. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of stomach cancer? Or intestinal cancer?

What are symptoms of stomach cancer? Or intestinal cancer?

Wide range from...: None at all to: nausea, vomiting, persistent indigestion, pain anywhere in abdomen/pelvis, poor appetite, weight loss, bleeding from above or below, back pain, urinary complaints, fever, abdominal distension/bloat; jaundice (eyes turn yellow); other.
Unlikely to occur in a 25 year old ...Read more

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What are the signs/symptoms of colon cancer? What are the signs/symptoms of stomach cancer?

What are the signs/symptoms of colon cancer? What are the signs/symptoms of stomach cancer?

Quite different: The symptoms for colon and stomach cancer are quite different, as is the prognosis and treatment. For colon cancer, symptoms do not usually appear until quite late, include blood loss anemia, blood in stool, vague abdominal pain and difficulty with bowel. Stomach cancer may present with weight loss, abdominal pain, and anemia. Prognosis is much worse with stomach cancer. ...Read more

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I've had a poor appetite lately im 22 I do get hungry in afternoon and eat lunch. But at night my appetite isn't there how common a symptom is that of stomach cancer?

Not likely.: Although early satiety can be a common of stomach cancer, it would be extremely unlikely for a person in their early 20's to develop stomach cancer. Your symptoms might be due to other factors. Consider scheduling a visit with your physician. ...Read more

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I have symptoms of stomach cancer?

I have symptoms of stomach cancer?

What symptoms?: You have not told us what symptoms you have and for how long. Stomach cancer is not common at all in your age group, many other illnesses are more likely. Please ask again and give more details. ...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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What are symptoms pf stomach cancer?

What are symptoms pf stomach cancer?

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 more

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What are symptoms of stomach cancer?

What are symptoms of stomach cancer?

Little or none: The symptoms of stomach cancer and stomach ulcers can be none or very little. Maybe vomiting blood, anemia. Maybe upper abdominal vague discomfort, and not wanting to eat maybe weight loss with cancer. Would need endoscopy & biopsy to tell. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of stomach cancer?

What are the symptoms of stomach cancer?

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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What are the symptoms of stomach cancer?

What are the symptoms of stomach cancer?

Not many: Stomach cancer can be quite advanced before it causes any symptoms. The main symptoms would be vomiting, feeling full with less amount of food eaten, anemia from the blood loss and fatigue. The best test to diagnose it is an upper endoscopy. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms for stomach cancer?

Stomach cancer: Cancer of the stomach or gastric cancer is not very common. It can present with anemia, nausea, vomiting, black stools, decreased appetite and weight loss. Sometimes no symptoms are present. ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of stomach cancer?

What are the common symptoms of stomach cancer?

Usually none: Upset stomach, weight loss, feeling of fullness tend to be late. One common warning is iron deficience anemia. Any question, go for endoscopy. ...Read more

Ulceration (Definition)

Exact synonym so far as this pathologist is concerned. An ulcer is a lesion on a body surface (outer or inner) in which the epithelium and at least some of the underlying connective tissue has been lost specifically to necrosis (cell death) rather than just mechanical or chemical injury. All ulcer craters ...Read more


Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Ulcer (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a body membrane that impedes the normal functioning of the organ of which that membrane is a part. Ulcers are further classified by their location. Ulcers are usually caused by infections, excessive acid production, stress, ...Read more