Since November is Stomach Cancer Awareness Month, the team at Rosetta Radiology wanted to help spread awareness for this condition that affects more than 100,000 people in the United States. To get involved, you can do a variety of things, like host your own “No Stomach for Cancer Walk” or donate time or money to organizations that help fund stomach cancer research. Let’s take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions about stomach cancer.

What Is Stomach Cancer?

Also known as gastric cancer, stomach cancer is a disease that affects the stomach lining, causing the cells to reproduce faster than normal. Tumors are a result of this accelerated growth, and large masses tend to cause issues within the body, impairing the normal function of organs. Some stomach tumors may also metastisize, so it’s important to catch and treat them before this happens.

What Are The Symptoms Of Stomach Cancer?

The signs of stomach cancer are fairly serious, so it’s imperative to let your doctor know if you are experiencing any of these symptoms一 especially if you are experiencing more than one for a period of time.

  • Trouble swallowing
  • Stomach pain
  • Significant bloating after eating一 but not overeating
  • Heartburn, nausea, vomiting, and indigestion
  • Weight loss due to undereating

How Is Stomach Cancer Detected?

Since there are no external signs of stomach cancer, detecting this disease relies mainly on a patient’s reporting of their symptoms and their doctor’s ability to recognize the signs of the cancer. If your doctor suspects that you may be suffering from stomach cancer, they will order a variety of tests. Some tests commonly used to diagnose stomach cancer are:

  • Stool samples to test for blood
  • Upper endoscopy
  • A variety of scans (CT, MRI, PET)
  • Blood tests
  • Upper GI series x-rays with barium swallow

How Fast Does Stomach Cancer Spread?

Like most cancers, stomach cancer can spread to nearby tissues and through the lymph and blood to further areas of the body. Luckily, the stomach cells that are most susceptible to mutation一 and are most commonly involved in stomach cancer一 are slow-growing. This means that, even when they become cancerous, it takes a while for it to spread. Compared to other cancers, like skin cancer, for example, stomach cancer is a slow-spreading cancer.

What Are My Options for Stomach Cancer Treatment?

Depending on how far along your cancer is, you will be presented with a variety of options. Many oncologists will recommend a multi-faceted approach because it reduces the risk of your cancer returning after treatment ends. With stomach cancer, your treatment options are very similar to the options available to other cancer patients:

  • Local excision (surgical tumor removal)
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiotherapy
  • Targeted drug therapies
  • Immunotherapies

Screening, Detection, and Treatment of Stomach Cancer in Manhattan

Here at Rosetta Radiology, we offer a variety of radiology services that can be helpful in your journey to screening for, detecting, and treating your stomach cancer. If your doctor needs to order tests, ask them to send referrals to the team at Rosetta Radiology一 we’ll get you taken care of right here in Manhattan.