Cancer is a class of diseases characterized by abnormal cellular growth; in the case of stomach and esophageal cancers, the abnormal growths appear in the tissue that make up these organs. Patients in Palmer seeking esophageal and stomach cancer treatment can turn to the caring providers at the Mat-Su Valley Comprehensive Cancer Center for advanced solutions. We help patients learn more about the treatment options best suited for their particular diagnosis and provide support through each stage of the surgical process and beyond.
The cells in the human body go through a natural process of division, growth, and eventual death; old and damaged cells are cleared away and replaced by fresh ones. This process allows the body to keep itself healthy and strong. If a cell’s natural cycle is disrupted then old cells never die and continue to accumulate. The prolific cells collect in a mass called a tumor. Tumors are referred to by the type of cells that they are made of. For instance, in the case of stomach cancer, the tumors are made of cells found in various parts of the stomach.
When tumors get large enough that they begin to intrude on the body’s blood circulation system, cancerous cells may travel to other parts of the body and begin replicating there. When this happens, the cancer is said to have metastasized. Treating cancerous growths before they get a chance to spread helps contain the tumors and prevent them from coming back.
Gastric cancer can develop very slowly over a number of years, so knowing what to look for can help you and your doctor arrive at the correct diagnosis. These are some common symptoms associated with stomach and esophageal cancer:
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