What is Stomach Cancer? 
Stomach cancer is an unusual surge of cells that occurs in the stomach. Stomach cancer, also identified as gastric cancer, can involve any part of the stomach. 

Things you need to know  

  • The treatment will be decided depending on the location, aggressiveness, and stage of cancer. 
  • Stomach Cancer is treated through a combination of procedures; Surgery, Chemotherapy, Radiation therapy, Immunotherapy, and Targeted Therapy. 

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How to prepare for the treatment? 
The doctor will use the following test and procedures to diagnose stomach cancer: 

  • Extracting a piece of tissue for testing (Biopsy) 
  • Upper Endoscopy 
  • Imaging Tests 
  • Blood Tests 
  • Endoscopic ultrasound 
  • Imaging Tests  

The doctor will decide on the treatment options for stomach cancer depending on the cancer location, stage, and aggressiveness. Your overall health and preferences will be considered by the doctor while creating a treatment plan.

 Procedure involved 
Different procedures will be involved to treat stomach cancer:

  • Surgery: The doctor will operate to cut out cancer tissue from the stomach. Surgery may be implemented to remove early-stage tumors from the stomach lining, removing part of the stomach, removing the entire stomach, or removing lymph nodes to test for cancer. Surgery is used to relieve signs and symptoms of stomach cancer. In people with advanced stomach cancer, an operation is carried out to remove part of the stomach to relieve signs and symptoms of growing cancer. 
  • Chemotherapy: With the help of special medicines, cancer is shrunk or killed. The drugs can be taken by you or in the form of injecting in your veins or sometimes both. 
  • Radiation therapy:  High-energy rays comparable to X Rays are utilized to kill cancer.
  • Targeted therapy: To block the growth and spread of cancer cells, drugs are used. The drugs can be taken orally or through medicines inserted in your veins.
  • Immunotherapy: Immunotherapy is a drug treatment that allows your immune system to fight cancer. Cancer cells produce proteins that make it hard for the immune system to identify the cancer cells as dangerous, and thus the body's disease-fighting immune system might not attack these cells. Immunotherapy helps in interfering with that process. 

  What to expect after the treatment? 

  • Patients undergoing surgery need to take proper rest for a few days following the surgery. Slight pain and discomfort are common which can be taken care of with the help of the prescribed medication. 
  • Patients undergoing Radiation therapy are kept under observation for some time to make sure there are no side effects. 
  • Patients undergoing chemotherapy are usually kept in isolation for a couple of hours owing to their compromised immunity.

Potential risks that you need to know about: 
Choosing the right treatment for your cancer is hard. Discuss with your doctor about the treatment options available for your type and stage of cancer. The doctor will walk through the risk and benefits of each treatment and its side effects. Side effects are how your body responds to drugs or other treatments.  
 Common side effects caused by chemotherapy: 

  • Fatigue 
  • Hair loss 
  • Easy bruising and bleeding 
  • Infection 
  • Anemia  
  • Nausea and vomiting 
  • Appetite changes 
  • Constipation 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Weight changes 
  • Mood changes 
  • Changes in libido and sexual function 

Common Side effects of Targeted Therapies 

  • Diarrhea 
  • Liver problems 
  • Fatigue 

  Common side effects of cancer surgery 

  • Pain 
  • Appetite loss 
  • Swelling 
  • Bruising 
  • Numbness 
  • Bleeding.  
  • Infection 

  Common Side effects of Radiation Therapy 

  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Hair loss
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Skin changes
  • Urinary and bladder changes
     

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