Stomach Cancer

Around 8,000 people a year in the UK are diagnosed with stomach cancer. There are various different types of cancer in the stomach; in the UK, 95 per cent of all stomach cancers are diagnosed as adenocarcinoma.

Other types of stomach cancer are:

  • Certain lymphomas
  • Mucosa associated lymphoid tissue (known as MALT) lymphomas
  • Carcinoid tumours
  • Certain soft tissue sarcomas such as gastrointestinal stromal tumours (known as GISTs) and leiomyosarcomas

Things to look out for

Symptoms include but are not limited to:

  • Loss of weight and/or appetite
  • Trouble or discomfort when swallowing
  • Nausea (feeling sick) and/or vomiting (being sick)
  • Feeling abnormally full (bloated) following eating
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Abnormal gas (burping more)
  • Blood when passing stools and/or blackened stools

These symptoms can be related to other medical conditions, but, due to the nature of cancer, it is important you speak to your doctor/consultant if you experience any of these symptoms.