Stomach (Gastric) Cancer
Stomach Cancer Treatment in Fort Myers
Stomach cancer, or gastric cancer, is when cancer cells grow out of control in the stomach. In the U.S. the majority of stomach cancer cases involve abnormal cell growth.
If left untreated the cancerous cells form a tumor and can develop deeper into the stomach lining. The tumor may spread to nearby organs like the pancreas or liver. Typically this cancer affects men aged 60 to 80 years old.
The Lee Health Regional Cancer Center is here to help patients experiencing this cancer and help them through the journey.
What are the Symptoms of Stomach Cancer?
In the early stages of stomach cancer, the symptoms can be difficult to pinpoint if it's cancerous. Typically more advanced symptoms show once cancer has developed along the stomach lining. Stomach cancer symptoms include:
- Stomach pain
- Abdominal pain
- Weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Heartburn and indigestion
- Feeling full after eating a small amount
- Black and tarry stool or blood in stool
Not all of these symptoms are directly associated with stomach cancer. There are numerous causes for various signs and symptoms, so it's crucial to keep in mind not to overreact. Instead, speak with a gastroenterologist, and they can help guide you to treatment options.
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How is Stomach Cancer Diagnosed?
Once determined the symptoms are stomach cancer your doctor may use multiple tests and procedures to detect and diagnose stomach cancer. This may include:
- Blood Test
- CT Scan
- Stomach X-Ray
- Endoscopic Ultrasound
What Treatment Options are Available for Stomach Cancer?
Treatment options for stomach cancer depend on the location and stage of the cancer. Surgery is one of the main options to remove cancer and surrounding tissue.
- Tumor Removal
- Upper Endoscopy
- Gastrectomy (Partial or Total)