Understanding of cancer, understanding the reasons for causing stomach cancer

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seek68
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   Posted 10/12/2010 9:59 PM (GMT -6)   

Digestive Diseases:
Stomach (Gastric) Cancer
Cancer of the stomach, also called gastric cancer, is a malignant tumor arising from the lining of the stomach. According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the estimated numbers of new cases and deaths from gastric cancer in the United States in 2005 were:

  •          New cases: 21,860
  •          Deaths: 11,550
    The NCI also reports that gastric
    cancer now ranks 14th in incidence among the major types of cancer malignancies in the US.
    Stomach cancers are classified according to the type of tissue where they originate. The most common type of stomach cancer is adenocarcinoma, which starts in the glandular tissue of the stomach and accounts for 90 to 95% of all stomach cancers. Other forms of stomach cancer include lymphomas, which involve the lymphatic system, and sarcomas, which involve the connective tissue (such as muscle, fat, or blood vessels).
    Stomach cancer can often be cured if it is found and treated at an early stage. Unfortunately, the outlook is poor if the cancer is already at an advanced stage when discovered.
    What Causes Stomach Cancer?
    The exact cause of stomach cancer is unknown, but a number of conditions can increase the risk of the disease. These include:
  •          Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection of the stomach. H. pylori is a bacterium that infects the lining of the stomach and causes chronic inflammation and ulcers.
  •          Advanced age.
  •          Male gender.
  •          A diet low in fruits and vegetables.
  •          A diet high in salted, smoked or preserved foods.
  •          Chronic gastritis.
  •          Pernicious anemia.
  •          Some gastric polyps.
  •          Family history of gastric cancer.
  •          Smoking.
    What Are the Symptoms of  Stomach Cancer?
    In the early stages of stomach cancer, you may have very few symptoms. These may include:
  •          Indigestion and stomach discomfort
  •          A bloated feeling after eating
  •          Mild nausea
  •          Loss of appetite
  •          Heartburn
    These symptoms are similar to those caused by a peptic ulcer. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you should see a doctor so that a proper diagnosis can be made and timely treatment given. A stomach cancer can grow very large before it causes other symptoms.
    In more advanced cancer, you may have:
  •          Discomfort in the upper or middle part of the abdomen.
  •          Blood in the stool (which appears as black, tarry stools).
  •          Vomiting or vomiting blood.
  •          Weight loss.
  •          Pain or bloating in the stomach after eating.
  •          Weakness or fatigue associated with mild anemia (a deficiency in red blood cells) 

  • couchtater
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       Posted 10/13/2010 6:03 PM (GMT -6)   
    Welcome Seek,
    Do you have a question?
    Joy

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       Posted 10/15/2010 1:10 AM (GMT -6)   
    Hi I'm very new here, and not sure where i should be, but anyway, I will give it a go. In Feb this year my husband was diagnosed with non hodgkins gastric lymphoma, then had a total gastrectomy to remove the tumor, and then had chemo, he has now finished the chemo and suffers terrible heartburn, as well as having had a PET scan which showed another tumor in his pancreas, he takes Nexium 40mg X2 a day.

    Is there anything else we can try the Nexium seems to do nothing. cry

    stkitt
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       Posted 10/15/2010 4:08 PM (GMT -6)   
     
    I am so sorry to hear of your husband's dx and now a tumor in his pancreas.  My Father had pancreatic cancer so I understand your fears and worries.

    HealingWell’s GERD/Heartburn  forum is an open peer discussion of GERD/Hearturn and related topics. 

    My sister had chemo for ovarian cancer and the medication in this category that work the best for her was Protonix which also comes in IV form if needed. 

    The other meds in this category are Prilosec, Prevacid, Aciphex and Zegarid.  Please talk to your husbands Dr. and see if another med may help. 

    You have my prayers and support and please know I care.

    Kindly,

    Kitt


     
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    Cryinginside
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       Posted 10/15/2010 4:46 PM (GMT -6)   
    Thanks so much for your reply Kitt, Its so hard to sit by and know there is nothing I can do, I will speak to him about going back to his Dr, I'm wondering if there are any foods or drinks that can help in the mean time? :)

    couchtater
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       Posted 10/15/2010 5:24 PM (GMT -6)   
    Stay away from spicy, acidic, and tomatoes. Try to eat only bland foods.
    My grandfather also suffered from pancreatic cancer and my cousin just got diagnosed with lung and colon cancer. I know your pain and feeling of helplessness.
    (((((((((((hug))))))))))))))))
    Joy

    Cryinginside
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       Posted 10/15/2010 5:32 PM (GMT -6)   
    Thanks Joy, the worst part is that my husband loves tomatoes lol, But will start making bland things as you say, am hoping that will help, am trying to get him to drink more milk too, but since the gastrectomy he doesn't tolerate dairy products in large volumes anymore, but any advice is welcome :)


    Tammy

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       Posted 10/16/2010 9:38 AM (GMT -6)   
    Tammy,
     
    Do you have access to a Dietician through your husband's physician or your hospital ?  I think it would be good to sit down and have a consult with a dietician to help establish a diet that would take into account your husband's dx and specific problems. 
     
    I admire your obvious love and caregiving that I see reflected here in your posts.  I know, first hand, how lonely and difficult it can be to love someone who has been dx with cancer.  You want to do everything in your power to help them and I see you doing that but be sure to take care of you too.
     
    I mentioned in another post, feel free to email me as I have had many family members dx with cancer.  I am here for you.
     
    Gentle Hugs,
     
    Kitt
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