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What Is Stomach Cancer?

What is Stomach Cancer?

Stomach cancer is actually a type of cancer that affects the stomach, much like what it seems that it would be.  Your stomach is actually a muscular sac that is found in your abdomen underneath your ribs.  It is where your food is stored until it is ready to be digested.  Stomach cancer can also be called gastric cancer. 

Types of Stomach Cancer

There are a few different types of stomach cancer, but the most common one is Adenocarcinoma.  This is where your cancer starts in the lining of the stomach, rather than consuming the entire stomach.  Stomach cancer is not really that common, at least not in the United States, but it is more common around the world- especially in the Asian countries. 

Symptoms of Stomach Cancer

There are a few different signs and symptoms that you may want to be aware of.  Most people will usually feel fatigued or bloated, and may experience heartburn, indigestion, nausea and pain.  It may also lead to vomiting and weight loss.  The problem is, these are also symptoms of many other conditions, so it will require tests to make sure that is what it is. 

Treatment Options

There are a few different treatment options when it comes to stomach cancer.  Perhaps the most common treatments include chemotherapy, surgery and radiation but that will depend upon what stage your cancer is diagnosed.  Your doctor can talk to you about what is right for you.  Also, consider asking your doctor how many cases of stomach cancer he/she treats each year.  If you can count them on one hand, you may want to travel to a larger cancer center that sees more cases of stomach cancer a year.

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