Stomach cancer, also known as gastric cancer, occurs when an abnormal growth of cells in the stomach form a tumor. It is the 11th most common cancer in the United States. The number of stomach cancer diagnoses has decreased in the past several years, but it is still extremely important to reach out to your physician at Methodist Healthcare if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Severe indigestion
- Persistent vomiting
- Feeling full after eating small quantities of food
- Intense heartburn
- Unrelenting and unexplained nausea
Our skilled physicians will perform the appropriate examinations to determine the presence of stomach cancer. Tests may include an upper endoscopy or imaging tests, in addition to a tissue sample from the suspected areas.
If treatment becomes necessary, there are a number of options dependent on the stage of the cancer diagnosis. Early signs of cancer can be removed by eliminating the tumors from the stomach lining, while more severe stages of cancer may require a gastrectomy, or removal of portions of the stomach.
Our physicians and staff are dedicated to serving the health needs of the San Antonio community with the highest quality of care.