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Gastric cancer is a type of cancer that starts in the stomach. Cancer cells are abnormal cells that grow rapidly and crowd out normal cells, interfering with the body’s normal function.
Gastric cancer, also called stomach cancer, occurs most often in men over the age of 40. It is less common in the U.S. than in other parts of the world. Risk factors include:
There are many types of gastric cancer. The most common type—adenocarcinoma—begins in the cells that line the inside of the stomach.
Gastric cancer may cause the following symptoms:
If you have symptoms of stomach cancer, the medical team at Norton Thoracic Institute will evaluate your condition using one or more of the following tests:
If you are diagnosed with gastric cancer, your doctor will need to determine what type it is and how advanced your case is. Members of the team will then work together to develop a personalized treatment plan for you. The gastric cancer program at Norton Thoracic Institute offers not only diagnosis and treatment options, but also provides supportive care as you and your loved ones cope with your diagnosis. You are encouraged to participate in decisions regarding your treatment. Your treatment may include:
You can reduce your risk of stomach cancer by following these guidelines:
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