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Stomach Cancer Questions

Stomach cancer is a cancer that develops in any part of the human stomach. Also known as gastric cancer, stomach cancer is responsible for about 800,000 deaths around the world every year. Stomach cancer usually has no outward symptoms. For this reason, people are encouraged to undergo screening in an attempt to catch possible stomach cancer in the early stages. To learn more about stomach cancer, take a look below at the questions that have been answered by Experts.

How long does a person have to live after stomach cancer has spread to the lungs and bones?

While stomach cancer is known to be very aggressive, there really isn't any way to determine the life expectancy of a person without first knowing the patient's medical history. Because stomach cancer is so aggressive, a patient may live anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, maybe longer. The life expectancy generally depends upon the patient and how far the cancer has spread.

The patient's doctor may run tests to determine if the person's stomach cancer shows positive for 2/neu receptor. If positive, the patient may be treated with herceptin which may shrink the cancer.

While the percentage of stomach cancers having this positive marker may be low in stomach cancer, there may be at least 10-15% chance which is better than nothing.

Is vomiting night and day normal with stomach cancer?

When cancer is advanced, many times the most common symptom involves vomiting. Generally the stomach may become constricted which may block food and liquid from leaving the stomach in a normal fashion. When the food and liquids cannot go out the traditional way, vomiting occurs. The cancer itself many times will cause nausea and vomiting of stomach bile even in the absence of food. Some patients may require a stomach feeding tube to ensure proper nutrition. Only the patient's doctor may be able to determine further treatments at this last stage of stomach cancer.

What are the symptoms with stomach and colon cancer and is there tests for these cancers?

At this time there are no blood tests available to detect stomach and colon cancer. In order to properly diagnose stomach cancer and colon cancer, a scope and a biopsy are required. While pain and bleeding may be present with stomach and colon cancer, many times there are no symptoms at all. For this reason, screening is often recommended. People 50 years of age are encouraged to have a colonoscopy, the person's stool should be checked for blood and a flex sig may be done every 3 years.

How long is the survival rate for someone with stage 4 stomach cancer?

There are many factors that may determine the survival rate of each individual. Generally the factors may include the size and aggressiveness of the tumor, how the tumor responds to chemotherapy and if the tumor has spread to other areas of the body. However the 5 year survival rate for stomach cancer is generally 5%. There may be clinical trials available for eligible patients.

Stomach cancer is a very aggressive form of cancer that generally has a low survival rate. However there are many new advancement in cancer treatments. Many medical questions arise when a person has been diagnosed with stomach cancer. If a person has questions or concerns regarding stomach cancer, the person should ask an Expert for medical insight.
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