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Debbie's Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer is dedicated to raising awareness about stomach cancer, advancing funding for research, and providing education and support internationally to patients, families, and caregivers. DDF seeks as its ultimate goal to make the cure for stomach cancer a reality.
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Symptoms, Screening & Early Detection
Screening and Early Detection

In parts of Asia where stomach cancer is highly prevalent, aggressive screening programs have had some success in detecting early cancers and improving the outcomes.  In the United States there are no effective screening methods and no established programs for primary prevention or early detection.  In addition, the symptoms of stomach cancer are not specific and are common to many gastric problems such as ulcers and gastritis.  They include abdominal discomfort, indigestion, loss of appetite, occasional vomiting, and a feeling of fullness after eating small amounts of food. Up to 25% of patients will have a history of gastric ulcers.

Up to now screening programs have relied on tests known as "upper GIs" or barium swallows and upper endoscopies.  These procedures are somewhat analogous to the use of colonoscopy to detect pre-cancerous and early cancerous colon and rectal lesions.  Because of the low incidence of stomach cancer in this country combined with the high cost of these tests, most experts believe that wide-scale screening for stomach cancer would cause more problems than it would solve.  More recent studies have investigated the use of a blood marker called the serum pepsinogen I/II ratio to detect atrophic gastritis and gastric cancer, but this approach is still in the very early stages of investigation.


The symptoms of stomach cancer can include any or all of the following:

• Indigestion and stomach discomfort
• A bloated feeling after eating
• Mild nausea
• Loss of appetite
• Heartburn
• Fatigue
• Blood in the stool/black tarry stool
• Vomiting
• Weight loss for no known reason
• Stomach pain
• Jaundice (yellowing of eyes and skin)
• Ascites (build-up of fluid in the abdomen)
• Trouble swallowing

Stomach Cancer Brochure

To learn more about this topic and other stomach cancer topics, simply click below to download our new Debbie's Dream Foundation Stomach Cancer Brochure which was developed in conjunction with Lilly Oncology or contact our office to request that a free copy be mailed to you. You can also contact our office to request a free Mentor be assigned to you through our Patient Resource Education Program (PREP). We are here for you!

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Debbie's Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer ("DDF") is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or other health care services. Debbie's Dream Foundation staff cannot answer medical questions or provide treatment recommendations. DDF may provide information to you about physicians, products, services, clinical trials or treatments related to stomach cancer, but DDF does not recommend nor endorse any particular health care resource. You are advised to direct all medical questions to your health care professionals and to freely seek other opinions.  In addition, please note that personal information you provide to DDF during telephone and/or email communications are kept highly confidential and it may be stored and used to help DDF achieve its mission of assisting patients with, and finding cures and treatments for, stomach cancer. Stored constituent information may be used to inform DDF programs and activities. Information also may be provided in aggregate or limited formats to third parties to guide future stomach cancer research and treatment efforts. DDF will not provide personal directly identifying information (such as your name or contact information) to such third parties without your prior written consent unless required or permitted by law to do so.


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