A common early stomach cancer symptom is a burning abdominal pain. Since the vast majority of stomach cancers are of one type, the detection of stomach cancer should always occur in relatively early stages.
However, this is not always the case. This is due to the symptom being very similar to peptic ulcer symptoms. The cancer may go misdiagnosed for a time before testing and a proper diagnosis is made.
Another common stomach tumor symptom is the feeling of fullness after eating even a relatively small meal.
Stomach cancer symptoms:
- burning abdominal pain
- easily feel full after eating, even after a small meal
- loss of appetite
- weight loss
- vomiting of blood
- feces is black and tar-like
- in advanced cases a mass may be felt in the abdomen
Unfortunately, the prognosis for stomach cancer is poor. Fewer than 1 of every 5 individuals diagnosed live beyond 5 years. The cancer tends to spread relatively quickly from the stomach to other areas versus other cancers.
Removal of the tumor offers the only chance for a cure. This may involve the removal of portions of the stomach, depending on the penetration of the cancer into the stomach wall. The entire stomach and surrounding lymph nodes may have to be removed.
If not curative, the surgical intervention does also help to alleviate stomach tumor symptoms, including resumption of food intake.
Chemotherapy and radiation therapy effectiveness is often poor.
As with all cancers, early detection and treatment is key for increased rates of prolonged survival.