Other Names for this Disease
- Adult stomach cancer
- Adult stomach carcinoma
- Stomach carcinoma
- Gastric cancer
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cancer that occurs due to abnormal and uncontrolled cell growth in the stomach. Most people with early stomach cancer have no signs or symptoms of the condition. In advanced stages, symptoms may include indigestion; nausea and vomiting; difficulty swallowing; feeling full after eating small amounts of food; loss of appetite; vomiting blood; fatigue; and/or weight loss. Most cases of stomach cancer occur sporadically in people with little to no family history of the condition; however, approximately 10% of stomach cancers are considered "familial." Although the underlying cause of some familial cases is unknown, genetic changes (mutations) are identified in a subset of people affected by stomach cancer. Hereditary cancer syndromes associated with a predisposition to stomach cancer include hereditary diffuse gastric cancer, Lynch syndrome, Li-Fraumeni syndrome, familial adenomatous polyposis, and Peutz-Jeghers syndrome. In other families, a cluster of stomach cancers may be due to a combination of gene(s) and/or other shared factors such as environment and lifestyle. The best treatment options for stomach cancer depend on many factors including the stage of the condition and may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and/or targeted therapy (such as monoclonal antibody therapy).Stomach cancer, also called gastric cancer, is a form of
Last updated: 12/15/2015
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- Stomach (Gastric) Cancer—Patient Version. National Cancer Institute. June 2015; http://www.cancer.gov/types/stomach.
- The American Cancer Society provides information on Stomach cancer. Please click on the link to access this resource.
- Mayo Clinic has an information page on Stomach cancer.
- MedlinePlus was designed by the National Library of Medicine to help you research your health questions, and it provides more information about this topic.
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- The Monarch Initiative brings together data about this condition from humans and other species to help physicians and biomedical researchers. Monarch’s tools are designed to make it easier to compare the signs and symptoms (phenotypes) of different diseases and discover common features. This initiative is a collaboration between several academic institutions across the world and is funded by the National Institutes of Health. Visit the website to explore the biology of this condition.
- PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Stomach cancer. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.