Stomach Cancer – All Symptoms

Peter is 58 years old. A few months ago he has started to notice
a pain in what he calls “the stomach”. It began with a poorly defined discomfort,
but now it’s a dull, continuous pain that lasts throughout the day, and is not
relieved by antacids. John is 52 years old After a few months noticing discomfort in
the upper abdomen, he has begun to have nausea and vomiting every
time he eats a normal amount of food. Because of that, he is losing a lot of weight,
and other people are noticing it. Watch the full video, and learn to distinguish
all the symptoms of stomach cancer, so that if you or any of your relatives suffer
from it, you can suspect it as soon as possible! Let’s see the video! Stomach cancer is one of the malignant tumors
that usually wins us the game. Although it takes time noticing its symptoms,
the person who suffers it, usually delays consulting with a doctor. Let’s start with those symptoms produced by
the cancer directly in the stomach. It is a pain that begins as a nuisance, poorly
defined and poorly localized in the abdomen. It’s similar to the feeling of indigestion,
or the abdominal disturbance of people with gastritis. Over time it’s accentuated, and tends to
be located in the central part of the belly, just below the ribs. Unlike the pain of gastric or duodenal ulcer,
the pain due to stomach cancer doesn’t usually change significantly neither with food ingestion, nor with taking
antacids. When stomach cancer is located in the region
of entry of food from the esophagus to the stomach, an area called cardia, the tumor can hinder the entry of food we
have eaten, producing two symptoms: Symptom 1: We can note that, when swallowing
food, these food get stuck in the chest. When this happens, we will have to swallow
water to help the bolus get into the stomach. Bitter waters may start coming
to the mouth. This gastroesophageal reflux appears because
stomach cancer is very close to the lower esophageal sphincter, which can cause it to incompletely close. When this happens, food with gastric juices
can escape from the stomach upwards, towards the esophagus, causing the acid reflux. When stomach cancer is located at the pylorus, which is the region of the stomach that drives
food into the small intestine, it may obstruct or even close this natural
outlet of the gastric content. If the exit is obstructed, when we have enough
food in the stomach it detects that gastric content will not be emptied. Therefore it informs the brain, so that it
triggers the sensation of nausea and starts the vomiting reflex. It will take place then the contraction of
the stomach wall, causing the expulsion of the food with gastric
juices upwards, into the esophagus and mouth. We’ll vomit what we have ingested. The less common variety of stomach cancer
is the diffuse variety, which affects the entire stomach, not just
one of its parts. If the entire stomach is infiltrated by tumor
cells, its wall distensibility decreases. When we start taking food, the stomach with
this type of tumor does not distend properly, so it’s full too soon. This filling communicates to the brain the
satiety sensation, so the person with this type of gastric cancer
stops eating. Either because of a stomach ache, or because food is stuck when it enters the
stomach, or because of the vomit, or because stomach fits little food, the person with gastric cancer begins to eat
fewer calories. Gradually the person with stomach cancer will
get thinner and thinner. Because the tumor can break the stomach lining
and thus a blood vessel, either from the stomach or from the tumor
itself, the person with stomach cancer may start bleeding
without knowing it. It is what´s called “upper gastrointestinal
bleeding”. When bleeding is minor, symptoms won’t be
noticed. But if bleeding is constant and with certain
intensity, it may appear an anaemia, with the progressive fatigue that goes with
it. Depending on the destination of this blood,
and on the bleeding intensity, the person with stomach cancer may realize
the bleeding, due to the presence of one or both of these signs: If the elimination of that blood is done through
the mouth, the person will vomit gastric content mixed with blood. This is called “hematemesis”. If the elimination of that blood is done through
the anus, the person who’s bleeding from the stomach due to gastric cancer may see
the stools are black. The black stools are called “melena”. We have seen the symptoms that can cause stomach
cancer. But what happens when the tumor escapes the
stomach? Lets find out! When the tumor is already out of the stomach,
it may be because it has escaped through one or more of these three ways: The tumor breaks peritoneum and goes to the
abdominal cavity The tumor escapes through the lymphatics Or the tumor enters the blood stream. Let’s see where each of these three ways lead! When the tumor grows, it can break out the
stomach wall. This rupture causes gastric cancer cells fall
into the peritoneal cavity, and swimming in peritoneal fluid they end
up settling on the surface of any abdominal viscera. Groups of cells can join and grow. These peritoneal implants can cause peritoneal
irritation that will be perceived as symptoms of peritonitis,
with diffuse abdominal pain. The growth of multiple tumor implants on the
peritoneal surface is called “peritoneal carcinomatosis”. The stomach cancer cells that are dispersed
by the peritoneum may also colonize the liver in its outer zone,
irritating the capsule that surrounds it. Due to the irritation caused by these implants, it may appear a localized pain in the upper
right abdomen. If tumor implants are placed in the outside
wall of the small intestine, they can cause cessation of transit of intestinal
contents, because of the compression of the tube from
the outside. They produce a partial bowel obstruction,
or a complete intestinal obstruction. Although not exclusive of stomach cancer,
as it can appear in many tumors of the abdominal and pelvic viscera, when tumor cells travel to the navel they
can settle there, originating lumps called “nodules of Sister
Mary Joseph” . These lumps are clearly seen from the outside. Usually they are a sign that the cancer is
in an advanced stage. Stomach cancer cells, when choosing the lymphatic
route to escape the body, tend to accumulate first on the lymph nodes
surrounding the stomach itself. Because of this accumulation of tumor cells
some symptoms can appear or become more pronounced, as a decreased capacity of the stomach and early
satiety and even nausea and vomiting From lymph nodes close to the stomach, tumor
cells can spread to more distant lymph regions, like the one situated behind the pancreas
and peritoneum, and the region of the side of the aorta. If they are located in this area, most often
they do not cause symptoms, but seldom they can cause pain nerve compression
of neighboring structures, such as the celiac plexus. The cells of stomach cancer can enter the
blood stream because, within the cancer itself, some cells penetrate a blood vessel after
breaking its wall. Once in the blood, these stomach cancer cells
can stay anywhere in the body, causing various symptoms depending on its
location. The most common sites where stomach cancer
that has escaped the blood can cause metastases are the liver, brain and lungs. Liver Metastases: When stomach cancer cells go to the liver
and begin to grow, they begin to crush healthy liver cells. If broken, liver contents, which are transaminases,
will be poured into the blood stream. This will increase their blood concentration
(as detected in a blood test). If rapidly growing stomach cancer cells compress
small channels within the liver that bile uses to travel,
it can accumulate. This increases the indirect bilirubin concentration
in the blood, which may condition that the skin gets a yellow
tone. This phenomenon is called jaundice. Brain Metastases: When groups of tumor cells start growing within
the brain, they can form metastases, that will become
increasingly large. By pushing neighboring neurons, these neurons
begin to function in an altered way, and therefore two types of symptoms may occur: irritative symptoms, in which neurons fire
pushed uncontrolled flashes: for example, we can have epilepsy, convulsive
crisis or not; or deficit symptoms, in which some neurons
stop working and their work is not done: we can have loss
of mobility, loss of vision, lose feeling in any area of ​​the body,
and so on. In both cases, if there is plenty of tumor
in the head, as there is not enough room for so many cells
because the skull is a closed cavity with a single large outlet, we can start having headaches. These headaches will gradually go up in intensity
and frequency. Lung Metastases: When tumor cells choose to live within the
lungs, they usually form separate groups, therefore appearing multiple metastases. If they suppress enough lung function, difficulty
breathing (a symptom called “dyspnoea”) can appear. If they touch a breathing tube (bronchus or
their branches), they can irritate them, appearing a very annoying dry cough. If lung metastases are placed near a blood
vessel, they may break it, pouring a little blood with coughing. As you can see, stomach cancer can cause the
appearance of many signs and symptoms. Let’s summarize them! Symptoms that stomach cancer can cause are: In the stomach itself: Most often abdominal discomfort appears, which will become abdominal pain. If stomach cancer is located at the entrance
of the stomach, it can cause difficulty passing food from
the esophagus to the stomach, or a gastroesophageal reflux may appear. If the cancer is at the outlet of the stomach
into the small intestine, the person with stomach cancer may have nausea
and vomiting when eating. When diffuse stomach cancer affects the entire
gastric body, it can cause early satiety, so the person
will eat less. Following eating less will come the weight
loss, which is accentuated when the cachexia-anorexia
syndrome develops, even if the patient eats enough calories with
the food. If the stomach lining breaks down, a bleeding
will start, appearing black stools or vomiting with blood,
in addition to, if bleeding is important, an anemia with the progressive fatigue it
involves, if not corrected. In the lymphatic drainage regions: Most often early satiety is accentuated, and
even nausea and vomiting get worse. It is very rare, but abdominal pain can appear
if retroperitoneal nerve plexus are affected. In the rest of the body: If gastric cancer breaks the stomach wall
and escapes through the peritoneum, it can produce: Pain in the liver area, Abdominal pain if peritonitis occurs, due
to peritoneal carcinomatosis, Bowel obstruction if implants compress the
wall of the small intestine. The appearance on the belly button of “nodules
of Sister Mary Joseph” If it spreads using the blood stream, most
often: there will be an increase in transaminases
or indirect bilirubin concentrations that puts us yellow (phenomenon called jaundice)
if the liver is affected; Epileptic seizures or neurological deficits
can occur, if the brain is affected; Or we can suffer cough, hemoptysis or dyspnea
if metastases are located in the lungs. It is very important to know the symptoms
of stomach cancer because early detection of stomach cancer is the best
way to beat him.

77 Replies to “Stomach Cancer – All Symptoms

  1. i have had a lot of stomach problems sometimes I get a bad stomach pain after i eat i feel bloated with a lot of pain then i start to vomit sometimes I feel pain close ti my kidneys abd liver I'm just 28 what age can stomach cancer ocour

  2. I've now had have pain in my lower stomach for 4 days straight. But it very wierd cause I'm good working & stuff and suddenly it just starts hurting in the lower part of my stomach & I have to go to the bathroom asap. But it hurts less than 4 day back any tips😔 Mrs.Gonzalez

  3. I wish there was more treatment options for people that are told it's too late to operate. My grandfather is on stage 4 and he recently declined chemotherapy because his skin was falling off. There are no other options other than to pray. 🙏🏽

  4. Question, recently I've been getting nausea and throwing up in the morning on certain days. I try eating something in the morning and I don't feel like eating, any thought if food is sort of nasty to me. I went to my doctor recently and they said it could be my diet but I'm not sure.

  5. I've been having an uncomfortable feeling in the low part of my stomach and upper groin area for about 4-5 days.I'm going to a Doc soon but what could this be?

  6. ive had isolated flu like symptoms for months.. I been diagnosed with gerd, ibs, ibd in remission, gastritis, ra and fibromyalga. I really dont know what to think about my symptoms but its scary.

  7. After Gastro doctor told me they found a tumor on my liver in the mri they said they couldnt help me anymore

  8. my brother is experiencing stomach pain all day long everyday. but he never vomits nor nausea… can you help me..

  9. I have been having abdominal pain for a long time and I never cared much until recently because it started appearing more and more. I feel nausea most of the time and I lost my appetite. I went to the hospital but they said my tests are clear.. but I still suffer from pain and all that.. please reply your thoughts

  10. I've been having stomach pain for more than a month now, my stomach looks like im pregnant. I've made an appointment with my Dr. I hope its nothing serious. Although 2 of my Moms sisters died from stomach cancer 🙁

  11. can i ask something brother take the result of my mom endoscopy then this is my mom endoscopic diagnosis to her GASTRIC MASS,T/C LINITIS PLASTICA,S/P biopsy please answer what does it mean…thanks doctor..please answer…

  12. Hi, may I ask a question? my Doctor has done the endoscopy and biopsy which says that "numerous H. Pylori was found". My only problem my abdomen always remain bloated. Then my Doctor suggested to take antibiotic for 7 days. Later I took the H. Pylori breath test but the H. Pylori is still there and my abdomen still bloated. Now I am taking another round of Antibiotic course Amoxicilin/peniciln 3000 mg/day for 2 weeks.
    It's been 2 years I am having this bloating problem since my biopsy was taken, I am very much afraid if it causes any Stomach cancer? Please respond. Thanks

  13. Doctor Daniel, I have been having problems lately. I realise I eat a lot of food and I also eat fast. When I eat this way I get abdominal pain, horrible bloating and sometimes nausea. I get a little cold too. I also have a history of constipation. what do you think is going on?

    when I eat small portions I feel fine. I am 26, female. I don't always feel nausea when I eat but when I over eat I feel it. I also get dizzy. when I went to the doctor all they gave me was something to help constipation. how do I test for something more serious if it is?

  14. I have been diagnosed with Barretts oesophagus I have to wait another year for another endoscopy and biopsy yet I am getting really bad gerd especially at night

  15. for the past 3 years i been struggling to breathe and been coughing everyday like i have bronchitis , and for the past 3 months it got really bad. i been constantly blacking out because i feel like something is blocking my airway , and my eyes is numb like im going blind and my stomach is making bubbling sound nonstop. i can't eat or drink too much water because i get full fast , but i still feel hungry. i really need help , i been to the ER they did chest xray and some blood work, they said my heart and lung is good , so 100% sure there is something in my stomach that cause all those symptoms. i don't know what to do anymore please help me doctor

  16. I have similar symptoms including food stuck in the middle of the chest feeling and daily nausea with metallic taste in my mouth. my gastroentologist performed an endoscopy last Jan and he said that I have GERD and pPi was prescribed. but could he have missed the diagnosis? I have taken the pPi for few weeks but my symptoms persist.

  17. hey doctor i got a question!my stomach been hurting everyday this past weeks and everytime i eat food i feel bloated and right away i have to go to the toilet and when im done i feel a little better but i still have a little pain.??

  18. yo doctor I got a question. My stomach been hurting for a week now and I don't know what the problem is. I feel like it burns in my stomach and every time i eat i feel full in just a couple of bites. Also i always feel like throwing up cause i feel like all the food i ate is just stuck in my stomach and dosen't digest. Can you please help me what's wrong. Thanks

  19. I have Dame itching in my vgina ,that area get wet all the time & it burn also I even nt abl to wear panty also ,after scratching it swallow and more painful ,wt shud I do ,pls tell

  20. Hey doc i went to the hospital and i got diagnosed with Gastritis and they told me i need to go on a diet but i dont know what to eat?? can i eat chicken or beef ??or just fruits and vegetables??can you help me out Doc please!!

  21. hello dr, iam 24 years old.. I have stomach pain some times, when I eat late then pain will come.. and I thought is that a gas problem… and I drunk ENO then Iam relief.. but the pain is continuing… what problem is this Dr? eny serious issue?? I hope your reply

  22. doctor , can you give me the answer . my friend diagnose by doctor that he got stomach cancer stage 2. Can he cure after operation and cemotheraphy treatment ?

  23. Hi! My father, who is 47, have been suffering with stomach pains in the side of his stomach for months or years (I'm not sure because I always seen him complain about the ache in the side of stomach for so long). The pain goes to his back sometimes and usually shows when he is stressed out. I told my father to go to the doctors (I am only 15 and I worry for him) but he doesn't listen. He doesn't want to go to the doctors. He also has a lump in his stomach (my mother has one too but it's not cancerous, she got it checked) and his stomach bloats up when he is stressed. Other than that he is okay, he doesn't have a bloody stool and he hasn't lost weight. I'm extremely worried for him since my grandma (his mom) had stomach cancer (she's a survivor 💕), and I really love my dad. I recently got diagnosed with H Pylori, maybe he has it too? Is his symptoms something to be worried about? Because I can't stop researching about stomach cancer because I'm so terrified for my dad.

  24. My daughter has all the symptoms but hope she not having cancer ..the doctor has to following up to do a scan soon to make sure what really happen to her .I'm too

  25. A lot of ppl ask the same question.. if you hv the idea something is wrong? Go to a doctor.. this doc can't diagnose you w one question. Cancer is a serious problem. Handle your business.. I had Ewing's sarcoma when I was 10.. I had a cherry sized bump on my rib and it was reddish. Then it went away. Over night. I went and saw my family doc and he thought everything was fine, just by looks. But he ordered a x-ray. I had the mass the size of a lemon. Then it took 4 diff doctors to tell me what it was…!! One thought it was cat scratch..!!! Ewings is very rare and that was 1993. Things hv changed a lot. But if you hv to pay $100 to see a doc.. it's worth it..

  26. my dad waited and waited until it was too late. he was too far gone to have any treatment and died 3 months after diagnosis. thank you for this video, hopefully it will prevent unnecessary deaths if more people know what to look out for early on.

  27. My colonoscopy and endoscopy revealed nothing…but tons of symptoms…chronic now…how is it you dont advise 2nd and 3rd opinions…or do you?
    Thanks for your dedication.

  28. Hey I'm pretty scared I don't want to die my stomach has been hurting for 3 day what should I do 😔😔😔😢😫

  29. Hello doc. I'm also afraid I may have some type of cancer in my stomach. Stomach is always bloated. Dull pain. Also let me say that I went to my doctor, and after a scan he told me I have chronic reflux. But I have to go in and see him. He told me to come in in a few days. I'm taking medication for acid reflux and it helps. I just feel like theres more to this. I think I have a cancer growing or something.

  30. hello doctor…Last 3 weeks I am feeling uncomfortable in a stomach and I have a indigestion problems too…what I have to do?

  31. Hello Doctor my mom is full by eating very little but only back pain not ab pain and her stomach hurts very often is this a sign of cancer?.

  32. Hello doctor i have been suffering from stomch ache for 5 years , i have adominal pain on the left side always and have no digestion and have hot sensation only on left side and gastric what should i do

  33. It's a fantastic tutorial and complete information guidance about stomach. Actually seen the vedio very carefully and learned a lot. Since 9 years I am suffering from hyper acidity and indigestion and now found some kidney stone problems. Did a fundoplication for hiatus hernia 8 years ago. Still the esophagus reflux is always there. I think you are a doctor that is why you have given complete info. Thanks a lot Sir. Thank you. Awaiting more health vedios from you.

  34. Hello doctor, I’ve been suffering indigestion last month. And someone has told me I have a tumour inside my colon by just looking at my tongue. Is it posible?

  35. Your videos are very informative and are very well explained. Your format and illustrations are straight to the point. Keep up the great work that you do! Your videos are the best. Thank you very much!

  36. My brother passed away from pancreatic cancer and my nephew died from colon cancer. This education gives us a better understanding the symptoms and signs to look out for for the future.

  37. Professor and Physician lecture!! Very well in-depth lecture indeed. I have enjoyed it and shall continue to listen to all your uploaded videos. Thank you.

  38. Thank you so much Dr. for this very informative video, your presentation was easy for us non medical community to understand. Continued blessings to you, your family and your patients.

  39. Thank you very much Dr. for this interesting, detailed and understandable explanation from the symptoms of a stomach-cancer. It keeps us alert.

  40. This is the best information on stomach cancer I have heard. My mother died at 52 in 1986 from stomach cancer. I have tried to find information with little information. Ty for this video.

  41. Dr. Daniel Gonzalez, I'll watch your video when I get home. A friends Mom is dying from stomach cancer. It wasn't diagnosed for years, now, too late. I want to know symptoms. She now doesn't have insurance, she did for the years she went to several doctors. It wasn't you!
    Thank you for posting.

  42. Hi Dr Daniel G.

    Thank you so Much for this Video.

    I have been Diagnosed with H pylori I may have had in for many years. I am 40 and Have a burning sensation in the stomach which comes and Goes mainly after eating or drinking cofee for about 3 months now.

    I have just finished treatment for H pylori and will go back to do check up.

    If Not cancer will I expect the burning sensation to subside and how long.

    Thank You !

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