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Stomach cancer treatment

Stomach Cancer Treatment Abroad

The incidence rates of stomach cancer are substantially higher in certain Asian, South-American and Eastern European countries than in the U.S., where figures show a decreasing number of patients diagnosed with the illness.

 There are several types of stomach cancer (aka gastric cancer), which are classified based on what kind of cell the cancer starts in. By far the most common type of stomach cancer is adenocarcinoma, which originates from the glandular cells that make up the inner lining of the stomach. Less commonly occurring types (in 5-10% of the cases) involve sarcomas, that are associated with the connective tissue, and lymphomas, which is a cancer of the lymphatic system. Treatment for stomach cancer can be curative only if the illness is diagnosed in the early stages, when it is found in an advanced stage, the care is mostly palliative.

Stomach Cancer Treatment – Symptoms

Early signs can be confused with indigestion or other gastrointestinal illnesses, which may delay the patient seeking medical help. Common symptoms include:

  • Bloating, feeling of fullness or pain even after a little amount of food
  • Lack of appetite, unexplained weight loss
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Blood in the stool

Stomach Cancer Treatment – Diagnosis

If you experience these symptoms, even if just vaguely, turn to your physician, who will perform a series of diagnostic tests for stomach cancer including:

  • Blood tests
  • Special X-ray imaging
  • Gastroscopic examination – which involves the insertion of a thin flexible tube equipped with a camera and light source through the month to examine the inside of the stomach. If need be, this method allows the doctor to take a tissue sample (biopsy) from abnormally looking areas.

For staging purposes, various other imaging tests are available, such as laparoscopy, ultrasound, CT and PET scan.

Stomach Cancer Treatment – Surgical and Non-Surgical Options

If stomach cancer treatment is commenced in early stages of the disease, the outlook is far brighter than in case of a cancer that has already had time to spread deep into the stomach wall, or to reach other organs through the blood stream or the lymph nodes.

Stomach Cancer Surgery

The chosen stomach cancer surgery mainly depends on the location and the size of the cancer. If its extension is relatively small, it may be enough to remove the cancerous tissue along with the surrounding part of the stomach (partial gastrectomy). In advanced conditions, stomach cancer surgery involves the removal of the entire stomach (full gastrectomy) and the reconnection of the esophagus with the intestine. Nowadays surgeons prefer to carry out stomach cancer surgery laparoscopically, which may reduce bleeding, pain and fasten the recovery time. After the surgery, it is important to follow the doctor’s recommendation concerning diet regulation and nutrition to preserve your health on the long run:

  • Have several, smaller portions of meal a day
  • Eat food rich in vitamin B, C, calcium and iron

Non-surgical treatment for stomach cancer involves chemotherapy and radiation therapy that are administered as a complementary treatment after surgery, or when the patient cannot be operated, they are used to control the disease and improve lifespan.

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Katie Elizabeth Harris
Stomach cancer treatment
My son who is 25 years old has been diagnosed with stomach cancer. For months he had difficulty digesting food, he felt as if his stomach is 'burning'. After I urged himto see a doctor he was diagnosed to have stomach cancer, 2 weeks ago he had surgery but things are not looking so good. We paid him to go to Brazil because it was a fraction of what we would have paid back home, the surgery was successful but there's still a long way to go. Keep your fingers crossed ! , I'm asking myself why can't we pay for complex surgery here inAmerica?
on 11/23/2013
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Bill Ramirez
Stomach cancer treatment
I'm fifty three years old and have 2 sons and one grandson. Two years ago I was diagnosed with gastric adenocarcinoma , and I needed surgery pretty urgent. I didnt have the money to do it in Colorado. Dr. Morgan, a personal friend and my GP told me there's an option of doing it overseas, I never thought of an option of that sort, apparently it's common to go abroad for surgeries, he booked me in Panama and all's right for now. Don't give up hope, there's always a solution somewhere