Stomach Cancer (cont.)

What Is Stomach Cancer? What Is Gastric Cancer?

MACDONALD: These days probably the most important test for the diagnosis of stomach cancer is upper endoscopy . What this means is a passing of a scope through the esophagus and down into the stomach. The doctor is looking for the presence of abnormalities, ulcers, tumors, etc., and the doctor can biopsy through the scope to confirm a diagnosis. There are other diagnostic tests that occasionally can be helpful, and these include CAT scans of the abdomen and also an upper GI radiograph series where the patient will be asked to swallow a dye like barium for the stomach to be outlined and for tumors to be defined. MEMBER QUESTION: Who should be getting tested? And how often? Read more..

Can I Survive Stomach Cancer? What Is My Prognosis?

The 86 year old Senator will now begin to undergo treatment for gastric cancer. What is gastric (stomach) cancer? Gastric cancer, also known as adenocarcinoma of the stomach, results from the growth of abnormal cells in the lining of the stomach. This type of cancer is rare in the United States, and occurs most frequently in men over the age of 40. Stomach Cancer cures and treatment The only real cure for stomach cancer is the surgical removal of the stomach (gastrectomy). Radiation therapy and chemotherapy are also available for patients that are not good candidates for surgery. What makes stomach cancer "curable"? Read more..

Lymphoma of the stomach - accounts for 4% of stomach cancers. Cancerous cells form in the immune tissue (lymphatic tissue) that is sometimes found in the wall of the stomach. Lymphatic tissue drains away fluid and helps fight infection. Gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) - rare tumors that form in the muscle or connective tissue of the stomach wall (interstitial cells of Cajal). Some of these tumors may be benign (non-cancerous). Read more..

New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg has "curable" gastric cancer - What is Curable Stomach Cancer?

The decline may be due in part to increased use of refrigeration for food storage and decreased use of salted and smoked foods. Several factors increase the risk of stomach cancer: A diet high in smoked, salted or pickled foods Alcohol and tobacco use History of chronic stomach disorders such as gastritis Previous stomach surgery Having relatives who have been diagnosed with stomach cancer A diet high in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of stomach cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates that 21,860 people in the United States (13,510 men and 8,350 women) will be diagnosed with stomach cancer during 2005. More than 11,000 Americans die from the disease each year. Symptoms Many people with stomach cancer do not have any symptoms. Read more..

Stomach Cancer

Others may think it is too general to be useful. The doctor who is most familiar with your situation is in the best position to discuss your prognosis with you and explain what the statistics may mean for you. At the same time, you should keep in mind that a personas prognosis may change. A favorable prognosis can change if the cancer progresses. An unfavorable one can change if treatment is successful. Read more..