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Stomach Cancer

Alternate Names : Gastric Cancer

Stomach Cancer | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What can be done to prevent the disease?

Avoiding all tobacco products will decrease the likelihood of developing stomach cancer. Although not proven, a diet that has fruits and vegetables as a component may also be helpful in avoiding this cancer. Some conditions are thought to lead to stomach cancer. They include:

  • chronic gastritis, which is inflammation of the stomach
  • Barrett's esophagus, which is chronic inflammation of the lower end of the esophagus caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • previous stomach surgery, such as a partial gastrectomy
  • H. pylori infection, a bacterial infection of the stomach
  • certain gastric polyps, such as those that are adenomatuous
  • pernicious anemia, a low red blood cell count thought to be caused by an autoimmune disorder
  • Menetrier's disease, a form of gastritis in which the stomach lining has excess folds
  • What are the long-term effects of the disease?

    This cancer is usually found late in the course of the disease when treatment is not likely to be effective.

    What are the risks to others?

    There are no risks to others.

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    Stomach Cancer: Treatment & Monitoring

    Author: Miriam P. Rogers, EdD, RN, AOCN, CNS
    Reviewer: Fern Carness, RN, MPH
    Date Reviewed: 06/01/01

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