Stomach Cancer

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Stomach cancer, also known as gastric cancer, is a type of cancer that develops slowly over many years. Most frequently, stomach cancer starts in the lining of the stomach otherwise knows as the mucosa, and then develops into the other layers of the stomach. There are many ways in which stomach cancer spreads. In some cases it invades near by organs or it can also travel through the bloodstream to for cancer in other organs. There are many statistics and organizations of support for stomach cancer, as well as, symptoms, risk factors, screening and diagnosis’ and, treatments. Like all cancers, stomach cancer is a deathly disease and one of the major leading causes of cancer deaths in countries other than the U.S. In 2008, only in the US, …show more content…

After these screenings if it is found that you may have stomach cancer the doctor may perform procedures such as endoscopic ultrasounds, a computerized tomography scan, a chest x-ray, or an MRI. There are many treatments for stomach cancer and the treatment you receive depends on the location of the cancer, how advanced the cancer is, and also your personal preference and health. Surgery is one of the more popular treatments of cancer. During the surgery you would usually have most if not all of your stomach removed and then the remaining part of your stomach is connected to your esophagus and small intestine. Usually chemotherapy before and after the surgery helps the outcome. Chemotherapy uses drugs to help kill cancer cells that remain after surgery or that have spread to other parts of the body. Radiation therapy is also a treatment for stomach cancer. During this therapy x-rays with very high energy levels are used to kill cancer cells. Lastly sometimes all that’s needed to treat one type of gastric cancer is antibiotic therapy. As you can see stomach cancer is a very complicated disease and has a very high death rate. Stomach cancer is very difficult to detect if you do not get screened so people should be very cautious to go to the doctors if they feel as symptoms of stomach cancer. Most people don’t have to worry until they are in their 60’s about


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