Stomach cancer is a devastating disease that can cause extreme pain, but with the right treatment, you could make a good recovery. If you have any symptoms that could be stomach cancer, the highly qualified team of oncologists at Wellness Oncology & Hematology in West Hills and Tarzana, California, can help. Their specialist physicians have considerable experience in diagnosing and treating stomach cancer, so don’t delay if you’re worried about your health. Call Wellness Oncology & Hematology today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.
Stomach cancer develops when the mucus-producing cells lining your stomach mutate, dividing and multiplying rapidly to form growths or tumors. Cancerous cells can also travel in the blood to other parts of the body and cause tumors.
Stomach cancer can affect the main part of your stomach or the top part where your stomach joins your esophagus. This part of your stomach is called the gastroesophageal junction, and cancers affecting this part of the stomach are increasing worldwide, while cancer in the main part of the stomach is decreasing.
Symptoms of stomach cancer might include:
The cause of stomach cancer isn’t known for sure, but there’s plenty of evidence to show there are risk factors that make your chances of developing stomach cancer far greater.
Diet can have a significant effect on your risk of developing stomach cancer, as can underlying conditions affecting the stomach and esophagus. Risks include:
Helicobacter pylori are bacteria that are the primary cause of stomach ulcers. GERD (gastrointestinal reflux disease) is a condition that develops when stomach acid flows back up the esophagus, causing heartburn.
Surgery is a good option when the cancer is in its earlier stages. Your surgeon removes the affected area of your stomach and some of the healthy tissue, and very often any lymph nodes that are nearby.
Very small tumors are removable using an endoscope, which is a tube that has a light and a camera on one end. The tube goes down your throat, giving a view of your stomach and enabling your surgeon to use endoscopic instruments to remove the growth, so you avoid invasive surgery.
In some cases, the whole stomach needs to be removed (a total gastrectomy), in which case your surgeon attaches your esophagus to your small intestine.
Your treatment could also include radiation therapy, which uses high-powered energy from X-rays or protons to destroy cancer cells. Chemotherapy also kills cancer cells, using potent drugs that you take as pills or a series of injections.
You might be a candidate for immunotherapy treatments depending on the type of cancer you have and how advanced it is.
The team at Wellness Oncology & Hematology prepares a customized treatment plan for you based on your general health, your wishes, and the extent of your cancer. To find out more, call today to schedule a consultation, or book an appointment online.