Cancer is the out-of-control growth of cells in your body. Cells are the tiny building blocks of your body. Cells specialize in what they do. Different organs are made of different kinds of cells. Almost any kind of cell can become cancerous.
Stomach cancer is cancer that starts in your stomach.
An infection in your stomach with the bacteria called H. pylori
Genetics (something you inherit from one or both parents)
Early symptoms are mild and you may not notice them. They include:
Later symptoms may include:
Weight loss or weakness
Anemia (low number of red blood cells)
Throwing up blood or passing black tarry stool
Spreading cancer may cause symptoms such as:
Doctors look for stomach cancer with:
Endoscopy (a flexible viewing tube is passed through your throat to look in your stomach and take samples for testing)
If endoscopy and biopsy tests shows stomach cancer, doctors usually do:
Doctors treat stomach cancer that hasn’t spread with:
Removing the whole tumor before it spreads is the only chance for a cure. For stomach cancer that has spread, treatment can’t cure the disease or help someone live longer. Doctors may treat symptoms and make the person feel more comfortable with: