There is no such thing as routine stomach cancer. Every patient’s stomach cancer is different, with different, individually unique genes and molecules driving each person’s specific cancer.
At the OSUCCC – James, our stomach cancer specialists are world-renowned cancer experts who focus solely on stomach cancer and who reach across medical disciplines (oncologists, surgeons, radiologists, gastroenterologists, hepatologists, pharmacists and more) to design the very best treatment plan and therapies to target each patient’s specific cancer.
And by offering access to the country’s most advanced clinical trials right here at the OSUCCC – James, patients know that additional options, when needed, are often available for their treatment and care.
Facts About Stomach Cancer
More than 22,000 cases of stomach cancer are diagnosed in the United States each year. Most are diagnosed in people who are 65 or older.
The rates of stomach cancer in the United States are on the decline, but it is a leading cause of cancer death in other parts of the world, especially in Japan, Eastern Europe, South America and regions of the Middle East.
Nearly all stomach cancers start in the inner lining of the stomach. Other forms of stomach cancer, also called gastric cancer, include lymphomas, which affect the body’s immune system, and sarcomas, which involve the connective tissue, such as muscle, fat or blood vessels.
Other, rarer types of cancer found in the stomach include:
Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors: This type of tumor, often called GIST or gastric sarcomas, begin in specialized cells found in the wall of the stomach.
Carcinoid Tumors: These tumors begin in the stomach cells that produce hormones. Most of the time, these tumors do not spread to other parts of the body.
Symptoms of Stomach Cancer
Stomach cancer grows slowly over a period of years, and there may not be any symptoms at first. The disease is often found at a late stage because early warning signs may be mistaken for indigestion or heartburn.
A stomach cancer can grow very large before it causes other symptoms.
In the early stages of gastric cancer, the following symptoms may occur:
- Indigestion and stomach discomfort
- A bloated feeling after eating
- Mild nausea
- Loss of appetite
In more advanced stages of gastric cancer, the following signs and symptoms may occur:
- Blood in the stool
- Weight loss for no known reason
- Stomach pain
- Jaundice (yellowing of eyes and skin)
- Ascites (buildup of fluid in the abdomen)
- Trouble swallowing
(Source: National Cancer Institute)
Having these symptoms do not always mean you have stomach cancer but they can indicate other serious health problems.
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you should see your doctor right away. The earlier stomach cancer is detected, the more treatment options there are.
If you have received a stomach cancer diagnosis, or if you want a second opinion or just want to speak to a stomach cancer specialist, we are eager to help you. Call 800-293-5066 or 614-293-5066 to make an appointment.