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Stomach cancer, or gastric cancer, is a relatively uncommon type of cancer that affects about 7,300 people each year in the UK, and occurs when the genetic material of cells in the stomach become damaged or changed, producing mutations that affect normal cell growth and division. The abnormal cells then replicate, causing cancer. If undetected, the cancer can spread beyond the stomach and move to other parts of the body.
The precise causes of stomach cancer are unknown, but several risk factors have been identified, including being over the age of 50, smoking and having a family history of stomach cancer. Further risk factors can be found here.
The initial symptoms of stomach cancer can be vague and be mistaken for other less serious conditions. They include:
If any of these symptoms apply to you, or if you have any concerns about similar symptoms, it is essential that you see your doctor at once. Alternatively you can book an appointment with one of our specialists by completing this form online or by calling 020 8247 3351.
If you are referred to CCL for diagnosis, your consultant or oncologist will advise you on which tests are relevant to your symptoms. The diagnosis of stomach cancer involves a number of different tests and examinations. They include:
At CCL, patients with stomach cancer are treated by a specialist multidisciplinary team. This team works together to create a treatment plan to suit the individual needs of the patient. Stomach cancer can be treated in a variety of different ways, depending on how far it has progressed, and the overall health and fitness of the patient.
At CCL we provide support that caters to both the physical and emotional needs of the patient, before, during and after treatment.
We offer a wide range of services for patients, as well as their loved ones, designed to make a very difficult time as easy as possible, and to give our patients the best treatment and support possible. Our support services include counselling, group sessions and much more. You can find the full range of our support services here. We’ll be with you every step of the way.
If you have any questions about stomach cancer or would like to book an appointment with one of our stomach cancer specialists, complete this form online or call 020 8247 3351.