Gastric cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the lining of the stomach. The stomach is a J-shaped organ in the upper abdomen. It is part of the digestive system, which processes nutrients (vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, fats, proteins, and water) in foods that are eaten and helps pass waste material out of the body. Food moves from the throat to the stomach through a hollow, muscular tube called the esophagus. After leaving the stomach, partly-digested food passes into the small intestine and then into the large intestine (the colon). The wall of the stomach is made up of 3 layers of tissue: the mucosal (innermost) layer, the muscularis (middle) layer, and the serosal (outermost) layer. Gastric cancer begins in the cells lining the mucosal layer and spreads through the outer layers as it grows.

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Stomach Cancer Symptoms

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Helicobacter pylori and Stomach Cancer
... Infection with a bacteria called Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is now recognized as a primary cause of peptic ulcers and their recurrence. Now evidence has been found linking H. pylori infection as ...
Source: Cleveland Clinic

Signs and symptoms
... The earliest sign of both noncancerous (benign) and cancerous (malignant) stomach tumors is microscopic internal bleeding, which is usually only detected by tests that check your stool for blood. You ...
Source: MayoClinic

Stomach Cancer Prevention

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Prevention
... Although it may not be possible to prevent stomach cancer, the following steps can help reduce your risk: Emphasize fruits and vegetables. A diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, especially those ...
Source: MayoClinic

Stomach Cancer Treatment

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Treatment
... The kind of treatment you receive for stomach cancer depends on a number of factors, including the location of the cancer, how advanced it is, your overall health and your own preferences. Especially ...
Source: MayoClinic

Self-care
... After gastrectomy, it''s not uncommon to experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, nutritional deficiencies and dumping syndrome, which occurs when food enters your small intestine too quick...
Source: MayoClinic

Stomach Cancer Support

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Coping skills
... A diagnosis of cancer can be extremely challenging. Remember that no matter what your concerns or prognosis, you''re not alone. These strategies and resources may make dealing with cancer easier: Know...
Source: MayoClinic

Stomach Cancer Other

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Overview
... Although the incidence of stomach cancer has declined dramatically in the United States and Western Europe in the last 50 years, the disease remains a serious problem in much of the rest of the world,...
Source: MayoClinic

ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography)
... The digestive system Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (en-doh-SKAH-pik REH-troh-grayd koh-LAN-jee-oh-PANG-kree-uh-TAH-gruh-fee) (ERCP) enables the physician to diagnose problems in the l...
Source: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

   

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  • Asbestos Exposure: Questions and Answers
    ... Key Points “Asbestos” is the name given to a group of minerals that occur naturally as bundles of fibers (see Question 1). Exposure to asbestos may increase the risk of asbestosis, lung cancer, mesoth...
  • Digestive Diseases Dictionary
    ... This dictionary defines words that are often used when talking or writing about digestive diseases. It is designed for people who have digestive diseases and their families and friends. The words are ...
  • ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography)
    ... The digestive system Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (en-doh-SKAH-pik REH-troh-grayd koh-LAN-jee-oh-PANG-kree-uh-TAH-gruh-fee) (ERCP) enables the physician to diagnose problems in the l...
  • Gastric Cancer Prevention
    ... Gastric cancer is cancer of the stomach. The most common type of stomach cancer is gastric adenocarcinoma, or cancer of the glandular tissue in the stomach. Other rarer forms of stomach cancer include...
  • Gastric Cancer Prevention
    ... Gastric cancer is cancer of the stomach. The most common type of stomach cancer is gastric adenocarcinoma, or cancer of the glandular tissue in the stomach. Other rarer forms of stomach cancer include...
  • Gastric Cancer Screening
    ... Gastric cancer may also be called stomach cancer. The major type of gastric cancer is adenocarcinoma, or cancer of the glandular tissue in the stomach. Other rarer forms of stomach cancer include lymp...
  • Gastric Cancer Screening
    ... Gastric cancer may also be called stomach cancer. The major type of gastric cancer is adenocarcinoma, or cancer of the glandular tissue in the stomach. Other rarer forms of stomach cancer include lymp...
  • Gastric Cancer Treatment
    ... Recurrent gastric cancer is cancer that has recurred (come back) after it has been treated. The cancer may come back in the stomach or in other parts of the body such as the liver or lymph nodes. Trea...
  • Gastric Cancer Treatment
    ... Recurrent gastric cancer is cancer that has recurred (come back) after it has been treated. The cancer may come back in the stomach or in other parts of the body such as the liver or lymph nodes. Trea...

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