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Stomach Cancer

Stomach cancer, also known as gastric cancer, is cancer that occurs in the stomach. The most common type of stomach cancer arises from the mucus-producing cells on the inside lining of the stomach.

Stomach cancer is uncommon in the U.S., but much more common in other parts of the world.

Symptoms of Stomach Cancer

Early-stage stomach cancers rarely cause symptoms, making early detection difficult.

If symptoms do occur, they may include:

  • Loss of appetite

  • Unexplained or unintended weight loss

  • Abdominal pain or vague belly discomfort above the navel

  • Early satiety, or a sense of fullness after eating only a small meal

  • Heartburn or indigestion that is severe and persistent

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting, with or without blood

  • Swelling or build-up of fluid in the abdomen

  • Anemia

When to See a Doctor

If you have signs and symptoms that concern you, make an appointment with your doctor. As many other diseases and conditions can cause similar symptoms, your doctor will likely investigate those other conditions as well.

The Gastrointestinal Cancer Center of New Jersey

The Gastrointestinal Cancer Center of New Jersey offers expert, state-of-the-art care for oncology problems ranging from the simplest to the most complex. Our approach is designed specifically to integrate with a multidisciplinary care plan combining medicine, surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy, as necessary. Our expert physicians emphasize patient-centered, compassionate care.

The Gastrointestinal Cancer Center provides expertise in the management of upper and lower gastrointestinal tract tumors, soft tissue sarcomas, melanoma and endocrine tumors. Our physicians are among the most accomplished and highly trained in the region, making every effort to apply minimally invasive techniques whenever feasible.