Gastric Cancer

Gastric cancer is a disease in which malignant cells form in the lining of the stomach. Severe abdominal discomfort and indigestion are the most common symptoms of this cancer and in more advanced stages, jaundice, blood in the stool and vomiting can occur. Certain medical conditions as well as age, a diet high in salt, smoking, and a family history of stomach cancer are risk factors associated with the disease.  Unfortunately, once gastric cancer has been found, it is usually in the latter stage and cannot be cured.  When it is found early, there is a better chance of recovery and can be treated using surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, or a combination of the three.

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