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Gastric Carcinoma Overview

What is gastric carcinoma?
A person with gastric carcinoma has abnormal cells in the stomach that multiply out of control. These cells can form tumors and spread to other parts of the body. Gastric cancer is most common in men over 50. There are about 22,000 new cases of gastric cancer each year in the U.S. The exact cause of gastric carcinoma is unknown, but genetics may play a role in determining risk.

What are the symptoms of gastric carcinoma?
Symptoms of gastric carcinoma include abdominal pain, anorexia, difficulty swallowing, excessive gas, abdominal swelling, vomiting blood, weight loss, and feeling full early in a meal.

How does the doctor treat gastric carcinoma?
Treatment for gastric carcinoma usually includes surgery and chemotherapy.

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Last Updated: Aug 19, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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