Stomach Cancer Quiz

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Robin Schoenthaler, MD

Robin Schoenthaler, MD (Oncology)

Board certified radiation oncologist with over 30 years experience treating cancer patients. Senior physician advisor for expert medical options in adult oncology. Published award-winning essayist on medical and health issues and more.

Aiko Yoshioka, MD

Aiko Yoshioka, MD (Gastroenterology)

Dr. Yoshioka graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine. He worked as a gastroenterologist at Saiseikai Niigata Hospital and Niigata University Medical & Dental Hospital before serving as the Deputy Chief of Gastroenterology at Tsubame Rosai Hospital and Nagaoka Red Cross Hospital. Dr. Yoshioka joined Saitama Saiseikai Kawaguchi General Hospital as Chief of Gastroenterology in April 2018.

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  • Black poop

  • Tarry stools

  • Blood in stool

  • Stool is black like hair

  • Black shiny stools

  • Black, tarry stool

  • Stools looks like strawberry jam

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What is Stomach Cancer?

Cancer of the stomach. The primary symptom is indigestion or "heartburn." Sometimes people have nausea or bloating and weight loss and fatigue as well. It is diagnosed when a doctor, usually a gastroenterologist, puts a tube with a camera down the throat while the patient is sleeping and takes a biopsy of any abnormality they see in the stomach. Once the cancer has been diagnosed by biopsy, CT scans, PET scans and MRIs may be ordered as well. Known risk factors include alcohol, occupational exposures such as rubber, an infection called "H pylori," pernicious anemia, gastric acid reflux (GERD) and age.

Typical Symptoms of Stomach Cancer

  • Black, shiny stool

  • Upset tummy / upper abdominal discomfort

  • Blood in stool

  • Impression edema

  • Burning or hunger sensation in the stomach

  • Swelling of the arms or hands

  • Heartburn; painful burning feeling in the chest or throat

  • Upper central abdominal pain

Doctor's Diagnostic Questionson Stomach Cancer

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this disease:

  • Are your stools black and shiny like hair?

  • Do you have discomfort in the upper abdomen, like an upset tummy?

  • Do you have blood in your stool?

  • Do you feel burning or hunger in your stomach?

  • Are your hands or arms swollen?

Treatmentof Stomach Cancer

This disease should be treated by a multi-disciplinary team of doctors (surgeon, medical oncologist, radiation oncologist) working together to come up with the best plan that can integrate possible surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, targeted therapy, or a combination of these and in various orders and at varying times. Treatment plans vary on the size and location of the tumor, the involvement of nearby lymph nodes, whether the tumor has spread anywhere else, and the overall condition of the patient.

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References

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    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0889855313000204?via%3Dihub

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  • Smyth EC, Nilsson M, Grabsch HI, van Grieken NC, Lordick F. Gastric cancer. Lancet. 2020 Aug 29;396(10251):635-648. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(20)31288-5. PMID: 32861308.

    https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)31288-5/fulltext

  • Karimi P, Islami F, Anandasabapathy S, Freedman ND, Kamangar F. Gastric cancer: descriptive epidemiology, risk factors, screening, and prevention. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2014 May;23(5):700-13. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-13-1057. Epub 2014 Mar 11. PMID: 24618998; PMCID: PMC4019373.

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Reviewed By:

Robin Schoenthaler, MD

Robin Schoenthaler, MD (Oncology)

Board certified radiation oncologist with over 30 years experience treating cancer patients. Senior physician advisor for expert medical options in adult oncology. Published award-winning essayist on medical and health issues and more.

Aiko Yoshioka, MD

Aiko Yoshioka, MD (Gastroenterology)

Dr. Yoshioka graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine. He worked as a gastroenterologist at Saiseikai Niigata Hospital and Niigata University Medical & Dental Hospital before serving as the Deputy Chief of Gastroenterology at Tsubame Rosai Hospital and Nagaoka Red Cross Hospital. Dr. Yoshioka joined Saitama Saiseikai Kawaguchi General Hospital as Chief of Gastroenterology in April 2018.

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