What are the symptoms of stomach cancer?

Diagnosing stomach cancer in its early stages can sometimes be difficult because symptoms are often similar to indigestion or a stomach virus. Early-stage symptoms can include:

  • Nausea
  • Lack of appetite
  • Indigestion
  • Feeling bloated after eating
  • Heartburn

Signs of more advanced stomach cancer can include:

  • Vomiting
  • Blood in the stool
  • Stomach pain
  • Unexpected weight loss
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes (jaundice)
  • Build up of fluid in the abdomen (ascites)
  • Weakness

How is stomach cancer diagnosed?

The medical oncologists, surgical oncologists and radiation oncologists at Miami Cancer Institute use state-of-the-art technology to pinpoint the exact type of tumor and the stage of disease to develop an effective treatment plan.

If your doctor suspects you have stomach cancer, he or she may conduct a physical exam and ask about your medical history as well as your family medical history. Your doctor may also order diagnostic tests, such as blood tests.

You will also likely undergo an endoscopy. During this procedure, your doctor will insert a thin, lighted tube (endoscope) into your mouth and down into your stomach. This allows your doctor to check the stomach lining for suspicious areas or growths. You will be sedated or under anesthesia during this procedure. We may also take a biopsy during the endoscopy. During this procedure, we will remove a tiny piece of tissue from the colon or polyp and a pathologist will examine the tissue under a microscope to see if it has cancerous cells.

Your doctor may use a barium X-ray to help diagnose your cancer. During this procedure, you will drink a liquid that contains barium, a silver-white metal, that shows up on an X-ray. This helps doctors see whether there are any abnormalities in the stomach.

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Baptist Health Miami Cancer Institute is proud that our Blood & Marrow Stem Cell Transplant Program is fully FACT Accredited for stem cell transplants and cellular therapies.

This accreditation means we are certified to perform stem cell transplants and cellular therapies such as CAR T-cell therapies within our Institute. Additionally, this recognition allows our team to obtain full insurance coverage for these procedures from all providers. For more information on FACT Accreditation, you can visit the foundation’s website.

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