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Gastric cancer

  • Alternative Names

    Cancer - stomach; Stomach cancer; Gastric carcinoma; Adenocarcinoma of the stomach

    • Abdominal fullness or pain
    • Dark stools
    • Difficulty swallowing, especially if it increases over time
    • Excessive belching
    • General decline in health
    • Loss of appetite
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Premature abdominal fullness after meals
    • Vomiting blood
    • Weakness or fatigue
    • Weight loss (unintentional)

    Signs and tests

    Diagnosis is often delayed because symptoms may not occur in the early stages of the disease. Or, patients may self-treat symptoms that gastric cancer has in common with other, less serious gastrointestinal disorders (bloating, gas, heartburn, and a sense of fullness).

    The following tests can help diagnose gastric cancer:

    • Complete blood count (CBC) to check for anemia
    • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) with biopsy
    • Stool test to check for blood in the stools
    • Upper GI series