The majority of stomach cancer patients 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
These symptoms could be associated with less serious diagnoses like gastritis or peptic ulcer disease, so don’t assume you have stomach cancer should you experience some of them. However, if symptoms persist - especially after treatment - further investigation should be made.
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.