What is Adenocarcinoma of the Stomach?
Adenocarcinoma of the stomach, also known as gastric adenocarcinoma, is the most common type of stomach cancer, accounting for about 90% of all cases. It begins in the glandular cells that line the inside of the stomach. Adenocarcinomas may occur in any part of the stomach, but they are most commonly found in the lower part -antrum.
The symptoms of stomach adenocarcinoma may include:
- Loss of appetite
- Unintended weight loss
- Abdominal pain or discomfort, particularly in the upper abdomen
- Heartburn or indigestion
- Nausea and vomiting
- Feeling full quickly after eating
- Bloody or black, tarry stools
Disease Aetiology (Causes)
The exact cause of adenocarcinoma of the stomach isn’t known. However, several factors are believed to increase the risk of developing this condition, including chronic infection with Helicobacter pylori bacteria, long-term stomach inflammation (gastritis), certain dietary factors, smoking, and some inherited conditions.
Diagnosing stomach adenocarcinoma may involve:
- A thorough physical exam and medical history
- Endoscopy to visually inspect the stomach and take biopsy samples
- Imaging tests, such as a CT scan, MRI or PET scan
- Laboratory tests, including blood tests and tests for the presence of H. pylori bacteria
The treatment options for stomach adenocarcinoma can include:
- Surgery: The tumour, along with a margin of healthy tissue around it, is removed.
- Chemotherapy: It can be given before surgery (neoadjuvant chemotherapy) to shrink the tumour or after surgery (adjuvant chemotherapy) to kill any remaining cancer cells.
- Radiation Therapy: It is often used in conjunction with chemotherapy.
- Targeted Therapy: These therapies specifically target certain characteristics of cancer cells.
- Immunotherapy: This treatment boosts the body’s natural defences to fight the cancer.
What Support can we Give for Adenocarcinoma of the Stomach?
Adenocarcinoma of the Stomach is rare cancer, meaning it is not as well known as other forms of cancer. Without a Ribbon is an Australian organisation that provides support for individuals who suffer from rare cancers. So, we provide a designated platform for Warriors to obtain information specific to their Rare Cancer. We also provide annual opportunities for our Warriors to meet and learn from each other. If you suffer from rare cancer such as Adenocarcinoma of the Stomach, we can help and support you through your journey thanks to the generous donations we receive. Click the link below to sign up and become a Warrior today!
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