Read more about the symptoms and the most commonly used diagnostic procedures and treatment options for stomach cancer on this page.
Causes of stomach cancer
Stomach cancer, also known as gastric cancer, is more common in men than in women. This cancer type is increasingly less common in the Netherlands and is much less common here than in Asia, for example.
The cause of stomach cancer is often unknown. One potential factor in its development is a stomach bacterium. STomach cvancer can be hereditary. Some people develop stomach cancer because of a genetic predisposition, although hereditary stomach cancer is very rare.
Common symptoms of stomach cancer
The symptoms of stomach cancer can be hard to recognize in the beginning. The stomach is a large organ, which means that a tumor can grow quite large before it starts causing symptoms. Patients usually experience vague symptoms like:
- abdominal pain;
- discomfort after meals;
- weight loss without a cause;
- muscle weakness;
- pale complexion;
- fatigue (caused by anemia);
- black stools;
- vomiting (with or without blood) - if a tumor blocks the passage of the intestine.
NKI Esophageal and Stomach Cancer Center
Every Wednesday we offer the opportunity for rapid diagnostics for stomach or esaphogeal cancer. Your wait time will depend on the time of referral, but new patients can usually come in on the following Wednesday.