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Are there different types of stomach cancer?

The most common type of stomach cancer is called adenocarcinoma. Adenocarcinoma is a cancer that starts in cells that have gland-like properties within the tissues that line the inside of the stomach.

Other types of stomach cancer include:
  • Lymphomas: Lymphoma is cancer of the lymphatic system. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma can develop within the stomach. Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is believed to play a role in the development of mucosal-associated lymphoid tissue.
  • Leiomyosarcoma: Leiomyosarcoma is cancer of the smooth muscle of the stomach.
  • Stromal tumor (GIST): Tumors from the tissue under cells that line the inside of the stomach and between these cells and the smooth muscle of the stomach.
These types of stomach cancer are relatively uncommon.

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