There are often no symptoms with stomach cancer, but when they occur, they may include:
- Indigestion, heartburn
- Abdominal pain or vague abdominal discomfort
- Nausea and vomiting
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Stomach bloating or sense of fullness after eating
- Loss of appetite
- Weakness, fatigue
- Bleeding in vomit or stool
- Stool that has turned black or tarry
- Unintended weight loss
- Fluid swelling in abdomen
These symptoms may also be caused by other, less serious health conditions. A person experiencing these symptoms should see their doctor to determine the cause of the problem.
Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history, and perform a physical exam.
Diagnostic tests may include:
- Blood tests
- Fecal occult blood test —This test checks for blood in the stool.
- Upper GI series —X-rays are taken after a barium solution is swallowed.
- Endoscopy—The stomach is viewed through a thin, lighted tube that is passed through the mouth and into the stomach.
- Biopsy —Tissue is removed for testing during endoscopy.
- CT scan
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