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What is stomach cancer/gastric cancer? Is it common in India?

When we eat food, it travels from the mouth to the food pipe (esophagus) into a muscular bag called the “stomach”.

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Stomach is an organ in the abdomen

Cancer is a condition where normal cells of the body change and start dividing and spreading uncontrollably. When cancer affects the stomach it is called stomach cancer. It is one of the most common cancers in India.

What is cancer?

Why does stomach cancer/gastric cancer happen?

The exact cause why stomach cancer happens is not known for many patients. Some possible causes that increase the risk of stomach cancer include:

  • Some infections of the stomach (Helicobacter pylori)
  • Alcohol intake
  • Eating certain food chemicals, smoked or preserved food
  • Rarely, mutations in familial genes

However, no cause is found for the majority of patients.

What is meant by “adenocarcinoma”? What are the other types of stomach cancer?

Adenocarcinoma is the most common type of stomach cancer and comprises the vast majority of cases. Uncommonly stomach cancer can be in the form of lymphoma, sarcoma or gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) or neuroendocrine tumor (NET). You can learn more about these by clicking these links.

What are the symptoms of stomach cancer?

Unfortunately, early stage stomach cancer produces no symptoms and often is not detected until it has grown in size or spread. Common symptoms include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • A lump or mass felt in the abdomen
  • Vomiting shortly after eating, sometimes with blood

If the cancer spreads beyond the stomach, it is called metastatic stomach cancer. In this case, patient may suffer symptoms depending on site of spread:

  • Fluid in abdomen causing swelling (ascites)
  • bone pain
  • Chest pain, cough or breathlessness
  • Jaundice or pain in upper abdomen
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Fluid in abdomen (Ascites) is often a sign of stage 4 disease

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What tests are required before treatment of stomach cancer?

Before treatment, your doctor may require:

  • An endoscopy, which involves putting a tube into the stomach via the moth or nose (Watch a video)
  • A CT scan or PET-CT scan to look at sites of disease
  • Blood tests
  • Tumor markers like CEA, CA19.9 and CA-125 guide disease burden and treatment
  • Other tests in occasional cases

What is biopsy? Is it safe?

A biopsy is mandatory for stomach cancer treatment. Biopsies are absolutely safe and don’t cause spread of disease.

How is stomach cancer treated? Is it curable?

Stomach cancer is a curable disease.

With the proper use of treatments, most patients with stage 1-3 disease can be completely cured of their disease.

Generally stomach cancer treatment includes the following:

  • Chemotherapy, which are chemicals used to kill cancer cells
  • Targeted therapy, use of very special drugs that target specific changes in cancer cells, allowing highly potent treatment with negligible side effects
  • Immunotherapy, use of drugs that allow the body to kill cancer by itself
  • Surgery to remove the cancer from the body. This generally involves removal of part or whole of the stomach (gastrectomy). For very small tumors surgery can be done endoscopically.
  • Radiation therapy, use of invisible beams of high energy to kill cancer cells

The best way to use these therapies in your particular case will be decided by your oncologist (cancer specialist).

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I have been diagnosed with metastatic stage 4 stomach cancer. Can I be cured?

Stage 4 gastric cancer means that cancer has spread to distant places beyond the stomach. It is curable in selected cases. Even in patients where it is not curable, disease can often be controlled for very long durations with proper therapy, sometimes years.

What is chemotherapy? Is chemotherapy safe?

Chemotherapy refers to drugs that fight and kill cancer cells. Modern chemotherapy is substantially safer and allows large benefits with minimum side effects. In selected cases, chemotherapy can even be given as tablets. You can learn more about chemotherapy here.

What is targeted therapy? Why is trastuzumab used for stomach cancer treatment in Delhi?

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A comparison of Targeted therapy and chemotherapy

Targeted therapy is a new way to treat cancer. Research has shown that some patients with stomach cancer express special markers which allows cancer to be attacked with new drugs with high efficacy and very low side effects. These drugs significantly improve the quality and length of disease control which can sometimes extend for many years even in stage 4 incurable disease. Learn more about targeted therapy here.

The most common targeted therapy used in stomach cancer is a drug called trastuzumab or herceptin. Dramatic responses can be seen with this drug in selected patients. Other targeted therapy can be used on a case by case basis. An expert medical oncologist can help you choose the best possible therapy.

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What is immunotherapy for stomach cancer treatment? Is it available in Delhi, India?

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Immunotherapy has been hailed as one of the most important advances in stomach cancer treatment

Immunotherapy is the most recent advance in stomach cancer treatment. Immunotherapy involves use of drugs that don’t kill cancer directly but stimulate the body’s own immune system to kill cancer. Currently the role of immunotherapy is to treat difficult stage 4 patients with stomach cancer. This modality will have a progressively more important role in future.

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What is the cost of stomach cancer treatment in Delhi, India?

In the modern era, there are multiple options available for cancer treatment. More expensive treatment isn’t necessarily better. Often, a cheap drug that costs a few hundred rupees may produce the same benefit as another drug that costs lakhs of rupees. In this scenario, an ethical and dedicated oncologist can guide you to getting the best possible treatment at an affordable price. Thus, it is highly recommended to consult a stomach cancer specialist in Delhi.

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Why is it important to consult a stomach cancer specialist in Delhi India?

Delhi is one of the best cities in India for stomach cancer treatment. Treatment of stomach cancer has become highly complex with the advent of cancer targeted therapy, cancer immunotherapy, personalized therapy and genomics. A skilled medical oncologist can help you navigate this complexity to achieve best possible outcome with least side effects and cost. Dr Vineet Govinda Gupta is a gold medalist Medical Oncologist having spent 12+ years at AIIMS new Delhi.

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