Stomach cancer starts with the formation of cancerous cells in the inner lining of stomach and these cells then grow into a tumour. This disease grows slowly and takes years to spread. Being aware and cautious of the signs and the symptoms of stomach cancer and diagnosis of the disease at the right time can help a person to prevent it.
The post here contains information on stomach cancer awareness, stages prognosis, causes, risk factors, diet, symptoms, prevention and health checkup methods.
Stomach cancer rarely shows any noticeable symptoms at an early stage. Some vague symptoms can be indigestion, loss of appetite and burning sensation in the stomach. As the cancer advances patient can experience fatigue, bloating of stomach after meals, weakness, constipation or occasional vomiting.
Scientists are still not sure of the real causes of the stomach cancer; however, a study on the stomach cancer cases reveals few common risk factors.:
There are four stages in stomach cancer.
A study of survival statistics of people in similar conditions shows people who have survived at least 5 years after their cancer diagnosis were facing following stages of the cancer.
There are several treatments methods available for stomach cancer. It depends on what stage the person is diagnosed with the disease:
The doctor may remove a part of the stomach or the infected tissues surrounding by. If the cancer has advanced he may remove the whole stomach.
These drugs don't allow the cancer cells from growing and kills them. You may take them orally or through as injections ( intravenous) in hospitals.
It is a mix of radiation (high energy waves) and chemo, which is often done before surgery to shrink the size of tumor.
These drugs target only cancer cells unlike chemo and radiation which harm healthier cells also. Many drugs such as Trastuzumab (Herceptin) are approved against stomach cancer.