Gastric (Stomach) Cancer Treatment
Gastric cancer can be a devastating disease, but there is hope. The Gastrointestinal Cancer Department at Sheba Medical Center works in union with other cancer specialists to provide world class medicine with a personal touch to all of our patients. This means taking an integrative and holistic approach to gastric cancer treatment with teamwork among our radiation oncologists, GI cancer specialists, pathologists, support staff, and surgeons, along with state of the art research.
Among the risk factors for stomach cancer is the presence of H. pylori bacteria. This type of bacteria has been determined to be a cause of gastric ulcers, and the inflammation it creates may lead to stomach cancer. Other risk factors include an unhealthy diet heavy in fats and carbohydrates but light on fresh vegetables and lean protein, smoking, obesity, excessive alcohol intake, and sparse exercise. Pernicious anemia, in which stomach cells contribute to a vitamin B12 shortage, is also a risk factor.
The majority of stomach cancers, particularly in patients from Western nations, are adenocarcinomas. Gastric adenocarcinomas are classified into five stages:
Also called carcinoma in situ. Abnormal cells have been discovered in the innermost stomach layer but have not migrated to other areas of the body.
The tumor is now present in multiple layers of the stomach as well as multiple lymph nodes. Metastasis to adjacent organs may have begun.
The abnormal cells have spread to other stomach layers and maybe adjacent lymph nodes, but are still not metastatic to other organs.
The tumor is metastatic and has spread to other, distant organs via the bloodstream and lymphatic system.
Signs and symptoms of stomach cancer include:
- Nausea and vomiting, particularly vomiting blood
- Unexplained weight loss
- Severe heartburn or indigestion
- Loss of appetite
- Blood in the stool
Gastric Cancer Treatment in Israel
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