how will my doctor know if I have stomach cancer?

A tough diagnosis. The diagnosis of stomach cancer is a tough one because there are no specific symptoms to point directly to the stomach as the source. There are no early symptoms, but some non-specific ones would be nausea, weight loss, blood in stool, abdominal pain or discomfort, bloating, and loss of appetite. If you have any of these symptoms, see your doctor and a stomach biopsy may be needed.
Many ways. Stomach, or gastric, cancer may be detected by several tests such as barium swallow, ct scan, mri, or endoscopy. A biopsy of any discovered mass is required though to confirm the diagnosis.

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How do doctors treat stomach cancer?

Surgery. Normally it is treated with surgery to remove parts or the whole stomach. Certain patients may need chemotherapy and/or radiation along with their surgery. Read more...

Can doctors detect stomach cancer with a regular xray test?

No. Typically, stomach cancer needs to be found with a ct scan or endoscopy (a tube with camera that GI doctor uses to see inside stomach). A regular xray will not usually show a stomach cancer. Read more...

How can you go about asking the doctor to look for stomach cancer?

GI consult. Stomach cancer has decreased in incidence in the US over the past few decades. Do you have any symptoms? What makes you suspect stomach cancer? Please discuss the matter with your doctor and seek a consultation with a GI specialist who may perform endoscopy, if the procedure is warranted. Read more...
Ask. If you are concerned, ask. An egd is a simple procedure (the japanese screen for gastric cancer with egd), and if you have any upper GI symptoms and are concerned an egd would be in order. Read more...

How do doctors say that a person has stomach cancer just by a blood test?

Diagnosis. Of stomach cancer or any solid cancer cannot be made on basis of blood test alone. Usually a tissue biopsy is required for diagnosis, except in rare cases or in blood cell malignancies such as leukemia. Read more...

Do doctors see a lot of patients with stomach cancer?

Less nowadays. In the US, the number of new cases has decreased to about 21,000 cases every year. Worldwide though the number of cases is much higher especially in third world countries and the far east. Read more...
It's not common. Stomach cancer is one of the less common forms of cancer--so most doctors don't see many cases unless they specialize in GI cancers. Read more...

I have been diagnosed with stage 4 stomach cancer. What is my life prognosis, an 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...

How does the doctor check for stomach cancer. I had my gallbladder removed in April and I'm having stomach pains again.

UGI tract problems. Upper GI endoscopy exams the oral cavity, esophagus, stomach, and duodenum. Most nflammatory, structural, infectious, dysplastic (cancer), and motility disorders of these organs are detectable with endoscopy. The value of the procedure however is in its therapeutic potention--dilation, stop bleeding, minor surgery (even N.O.T.E.S.), and much more. Read more...
Scope and Xray. The best way of examining the stomach is by gastroscopy and then by an upper GI series. The gastroscopy is used to identify a growth within the stomach or a gastric ulcer. Either finding requires biopsy. An upper GI series can confirm a lesion, record its dimenision and examine for linnitis plastica, an infiltrating lesion of the wall not be seen by using a scope. Helicobacter can cause Ca. Read more...

Any chance of curing stage 4 adenocarcinoma. Doctors are saying my father is affected with stomach cancer and spreads to underlining tissue of trunk.

Be hopeful and seek. Seek treatment as some cancers can respond to treatment quite well and the medicines(Chemotherapy) can extend life for months to occasionally for years. Find a good medical oncologist and seek his/her advice. Let us know where(/city) do you reside? Read more...