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Gastrointestinal Cancer

Could I have stomach cancer if I have appetite loss and stomach pains?

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  • Although appetite loss and stomach pain are considered two symptoms of stomach cancer, there are also many other common ailments that could be causing them. Don’t panic and assume the worst, but if you’ve had those symptoms for awhile, a visit to your doctor would be logical. Should symptoms persist -- especially after you’ve been treated by a physician -- further investigation should be made.

    The majority of stomach cancer patients do have non-specific complaints, such as:

    • Indigestion or heartburn
    • Abdominal discomfort (bloating, belching, gas pains, etc.)
    • Loss of appetite
    • Occasional vomiting
    • Diarrhea or constipation
    • Unexplained weight loss
    • Decreased ability to eat a large meal

    Other less common, yet serious, symptoms are:

    • Difficulty swallowing
    • Vomiting blood or blood in the stool

    Should you experience these symptoms, don’t delay medical attention

  • AWesley Jones, MD, Oncologic Surgery, answered on behalf of Greenville Health System

    Certainly, these could be symptoms of stomach cancer, but they may often be due to benign conditions such as gallbladder attacks, ulcers, or inflammation. Many patients with these symptoms undergo and upper endoscopy with blood work and possibly even a CT scan or ultrasound.

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