Gastric issues often lead to many problems, some get worse and cause cancer. Gastric resection is the primary treatment for gastric cancer. And surgery becomes the only option for gastric cancer but most gastric cancer presents in an advanced stage characterized by tumor infiltration of the regional lymph node metastases. Gastric cancer is a disease in which cancerous cells are formed in the lining of the stomach. Risk of having gastric cancer depends on the age and type of stomach disease. People suffering from it have symptoms such as indigestion and stomach pain.
- Severe stomach pain
- Loss of appetite
- Pain in stomach after eating
- Blood in stool
- Complete blood count (CBC): In this a sample of the blood is taken and the number of Red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, hemoglobin, and other components of blood is seen.
- Upper endoscopy: It is a procedure in which an instrument called endoscope is used to see the esophagus, stomach and duodenum to check for problems.
- Barium swallow: A series of X- rays of the stomach and esophagus is taken and the patient is allowed to drink barium liquid. The liquid coats the stomach and esophagus after which the X-ray is taken.
- CT scan: In this procedure, a series of pictures are taken to build a detailed picture showing all the angles. This gives a better view of the affected area.
- Biopsy: It is the removal of cells or tissues from the infected area and then it is seen under the microscope.
Stages of gastric cancer:
- After diagnosis it is important to see the spread of the cancerous cells in the stomach and other parts of the body.
- Cancer spread from where it began to the other parts of the body.
- It starts from stage zero (Carcinoma in situ followed by stage 1, 2, 3, and 4.
- Further, the cancer can reoccur after treatment in some cases.
Surgery options for cancer depend upon the location, stage and intensity of the cancer. The doctor uses different methods based on the needs of the patients’ condition. Some of it includes:
- General: In the early stages of cancer it is removed by passing an endoscope and then cutting the cancer using laparoscopic technique. It requires minimum incision and has a better recovery rate.
- Subtotal gastrectomy: During this procedure, the surgeon removes the part of the stomach affected by cancer along with some healthy tissue around it. This operation is successful when the cancer is near the small intestine.
- Total gastrectomy: Total gastrectomy involves removing the entire stomach and surrounding tissues. After that the esophagus is directly connected to the small intestine that allows food to directly pour in the small intestine for digestion and absorption.
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