St. Helena Stomach Cancer Treatment

We treat all forms of gastric cancer

Stomach cancer, also known as gastric cancer, is a group of diseases that originate the cells lining the stomach. Most of these cancers are adenocarcinomas, meaning they begin in the cells that create and release mucus and fluids. Though we are not yet certain what the primary cause of cancer is, we do of many risk factors associated with stomach cancers. Some of these include:

  • Gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Diets high in smoked and salted foods
  • Diets low in fruits and vegetables
  • H. pylori infections
  • Stomach polyps
  • A family history of stomach cancer

The Martin-O’Neil Cancer Center is equipped to treat all forms of stomach cancer. We know this is a difficult time for you and your loved ones, and our staff will do everything in its power to provide the support and guidance you need.

Warning signs of stomach cancer

There usually are no early signs or symptoms of stomach cancer in the beginning stages. It is usually diagnosed during an upper endoscopy procedure or standard imaging test such as CT scan. However, while rare, some patients may feel symptoms of stomach cancer before it enters the later stages.

Potential symptoms of stomach cancer include:

  • Stomach pain
  • Fatigue
  • Bloated feeling after eating
  • Feeling full faster than usual
  • Persistent heartburn
  • Chronic nausea and vomiting

These could be symptoms of an unrelated medical problem, so schedule an appointment with your doctor to discuss them if they have been causing problems for you. Cancer is not the most likely cause of many of these symptoms, so your doctor will likely be investigating other causes first.

There are many possible treatments for stomach cancer

As with virtually all cancers, stomach cancer that has not spread is generally easier to treat. When caught early enough, a doctor may recommend surgery to remove the tumor or part of the stomach. In more advanced stages, a surgeon may remove the entire stomach and the lymph nodes to ensure the cancer has not yet spread. You can live without a stomach, as the small intestine can still break down food for you. But you will have to make some lifestyle adjustments.

Aside from surgery, other stomach cancer treatments include chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Palliative care may also be recommended to help you manage the symptoms.