Stomach Cancer

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The expert staff at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center is committed to providing personalized care for our stomach cancer patients. We diagnose all types of stomach cancer and administer the right treatment plan for your diagnosis.

What Is Stomach Cancer?

Also known as gastric cancer, stomach cancer typically begins within the mucus-producing cells that line the stomach. Stomach cancer develops slowly over time and its early stages rarely cause symptoms.

There are a few types of stomach cancer that can develop in different parts of the stomach. Each type of stomach cancer has its own symptoms, which means different treatments and outcomes occur depending on the type.

What Are Stomach Cancer Risk Factors?

While there are different types of stomach cancer, the main risk factors for all types are obesity and a history of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

There are several other factors that can increase a person’s risk of developing stomach cancer, including family history, smoking and a diet high in salty and smoked foods.

Learn more about stomach cancer risk factors and prevention.

What Are the Symptoms of Stomach Cancer?

The symptoms of stomach cancer can include:

  • Persistent and unexplained nausea and vomiting
  • Persistent and severe heartburn
  • Stomach pain
  • Fatigue
  • Bloating after eating
  • Severe indigestion that is always present
  • Feeling full after eating small amounts of food

Learn more about stomach cancer signs, symptoms and types.

Stomach Cancer Tests and Diagnosis

In order to test and diagnose stomach cancer, your Banner MD Anderson doctor will first perform a physical examination. Depending on your symptoms and the suspected type of stomach cancer, your doctor may perform a biopsy, endoscopy, CT scan or another type of test.

Learn more about stomach cancer tests, diagnosis, prognosis and stages.

Stomach Cancer Treatment

As mentioned before, there are different types of stomach cancers. Depending on your diagnosis, stage and type of stomach cancer, your doctor may recommend the following treatment options:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Surgery
  • Radiation therapy
  • Targeted therapy
  • Immunotherapy

Learn more about stomach cancer treatment and support.