Stomach Cancer | Symptoms

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What are the symptoms of stomach cancer?

Sometimes cancer can grow in the stomach for a long time before it causes symptoms. In the early stages, stomach cancer can cause the following symptoms:

  • Indigestion, stomach discomfort or heartburn
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue

When the cancer is larger, it can cause the following symptoms:

  • Blood in your stool or stools that are black in color
  • A bloated feeling after eating, even when eating a small amount
  • Vomiting after meals
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Stomach pain, especially after meals
  • Weakness and fatigue

Many of these symptoms can be caused by conditions other than cancer. However, if you have any of these problems and they don’t go away, talk with your doctor. The earlier stomach cancer is found, the better the chances are that it can be treated effectively.

Source

Gastric Cancer: Diagnosis and Treatment Options by JC Layke, PP Lopez (American Family Physician March 01, 2004, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20040301/1133.html)

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 05/99

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