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Understanding the Symptoms of Stomach Cancer

What Are the Symptoms of Stomach Cancer?

People with early stomach cancer may have very few, typically vague, symptoms. These can include:

  • Indigestion and stomach discomfort
  • A bloated feeling after eating
  • Mild nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Heartburn

Peptic ulcers cause similar symptoms. Antacids or histamine blockers can give temporary relief. For these reasons, people may not recognize the problem as serious and may put off seeing a doctor. A gastric tumor can grow very large before it causes other symptoms.

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In more advanced stages, symptoms of stomach cancer can include:

  • Discomfort or pain in the upper or middle part of the abdomen
  • Blood in the stool, which appears as black, tarry stools
  • Vomiting or vomiting blood, which may look like coffee grounds
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Weight loss
  • Pain or bloating in the stomach after eating
  • Feeling of fullness after eating a small amount
  • Weakness or fatigue associated with anemia
  • Jaundice or yellowing of the eyes or skin
  • A build up of fluid in the stomach called ascites

 

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on April 30, 2012

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