Cancer - stomach; Stomach cancer; Gastric carcinoma; Adenocarcinoma of the stomach
Surgery to remove the stomach (
For patients who cannot have surgery, chemotherapy or radiation can improve symptoms and may prolong survival, but will likely not cure the cancer. For some patients, a surgical bypass procedure may relieve symptoms.
You can ease the stress of illness by joining a support group with members who share common experiences and problems. See:
Cancer - support group Gastrointestinal disorders - support group
The outlook varies. Tumors in the lower stomach are cured more often than those in the higher stomach -- gastric cardia or gastroesophageal junction. How far the tumor invades the stomach wall and whether lymph nodes are involved when the patient is diagnosed affect the chances of a cure.
When the tumor has spread outside the stomach, a cure is not possible and treatment is designed to improve symptoms.
- Fluid buildup in the belly area (ascites)
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Spread of cancer to other organs or tissues
- Weight loss
Calling your health care provider
Call your health care provider if symptoms of gastric cancer develop.
Review Date: 12/28/2010
Reviewed By: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine; Yi-Bin Chen, MD, Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program, Massachusetts General Hospital. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.