Why Choose Us?
At My Surgical Specialist, we are at the cutting edge of gastric cancer (stomach cancer) treatment. The team approach from our experts ensures that you receive the most up-to-date and comprehensive treatment, personalised to your situation. Mr Alkhaffaf and his team will take the time to answer all your questions and help you make the right decisions about your care.
Common Questions About Gastric Cancer
What is the stomach?
The stomach is a muscular ‘bag’ which helps digest the food and drink that we swallow. It is found in the upper abdomen.
What is gastric cancer?
This is a potentially life-threatening abnormal growth which occurs in the stomach and usually starts from the inner lining. The commonest type of stomach cancer is ‘adenocarcinoma’. Other cancer-like tumours which grow in the stomach include ‘neuro-endocrine tumours’ and ‘gastro-intestinal stromal tumours’ (GIST).
How common is gastric cancer?
Gastric cancer is not as common as it once was. However, approximately 7000 new cases are diagnosed each year in the UK.
What are the symptoms?
Gastric cancer can cause a range of symptoms or problems, the commonest being:
-Sensation of food sticking when you swallow
–Vomiting and nausea
–Pain in the abdomen
–Indigestion or heartburn which is not relieved by medication
-An unexplained loss of weight
-An unexplained loss of appetite
–Tiredness and anaemia
Some of the early signs of gastric cancer are non-specific and are often put down to other common or simple conditions. This can mean that by the time a diagnosis is made, gastric cancer is no longer in its early stages.
What causes gastric cancer?
The exact cause of cancer is not known, however there are a number of factors which can increase your risk of developing gastric cancer. These include:
-Bacterial infection with an organism called ‘helicobacter pylori’
-A history of gastric cancer in your immediate family
-Excessive alcohol consumption
-Previous surgery to remove part of your stomach
What is the prognosis?
The prognosis of gastric cancer depends on many factors, the most important being how advanced the tumour is when it is diagnosed (tumour stage). The earlier the diagnosis is made, the better the prognosis.
At My Surgical Specialist, our experts will talk to you about these factors in detail and will ensure that you are given the correct information specific to your particular situation.
How is gastric cancer treated?
The treatment of gastric cancer depends of many factors such as how early the cancer is (stage of cancer) and your general health and fitness. More often than not, treatment which is given with the intention of curing gastric cancer involves a combination of chemotherapy and surgery to remove part or all of your stomach.
Mr Alkhaffaf will talk to you about the right treatment for you. They will walk you through the entire process so that you can make the right decisions about your treatment.
Where can I get more information?
Our experts are at hand to offer help and advice regarding your condition. Contact us now to organise a private consultation.
There are several patient groups in the UK who offer more online information about oesophageal cancer. Please click on a link below for more information:
–Oesophageal Patients Association (also covers gastric cancer)