Stomach cancer

What is Stomach Cancer?

Stomach cancer (gastric cancer) is fortunately a relatively rare cancer in the UK. Early investigation and detection is important for the most effective treatment.

Causes of Stomach Cancer

There are multiple risk factors associated with the risk of developing stomach cancer which include:

  • Alcohol
  • Older age
  • Being overweight and obesity
  • Smoking
  • Dietary factors

Symptoms associated with stomach cancer can present in varied ways and include:

  • Indigestion/dyspepsia (new onset symptoms)
  • Anaemia
  • Bleeding such as vomiting blood or passing dark/altered stools
  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss

The best first investigation is a gastroscopy test. Stomach ulcers which do not heal require endoscopic surveillance and may suggest stomach cancer (although most stomach ulcers are benign).

Treatment options include medical therapy (such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy), endoscopic therapy and surgery.

If you want more information or are worried about stomach cancer, you can book an urgent consultation with Dr Goel to discuss investigation and treatment options best suited to you.