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Stomach cancer, also known as gastric cancer, develops in the cells of the stomach lining. There are several types, but the most common is called adenocarcinoma. Nearly two-thirds of the people who develop stomach cancer are over the age of 65.

Stomach cancer: Symptoms

  • Early stages of stomach cancer may not cause symptoms, making detection difficult. Some later warning signs include poor appetite, belly pain, weight loss, heartburn or indigestion and nausea.
  • Because these types of symptoms can often relate to other less serious ailments, people may not recognize them as critical and delay seeing a physician.

Stomach cancer: Diagnosis

Doctors often diagnose stomach cancer with a physical exam, blood and imaging tests, and a stool test for blood in the stool. If there is an indication of stomach cancer, you will likely be referred to a gastroenterologist who specializes in treating diseases of digestive tract. Further testing may include an endoscopy to examine the stomach tissue and take a biopsy.

Why choose UF Health Jacksonville

Many specialists, one goal

  • At UF Health Jacksonville Cancer Center, our highly trained gastrointestinal oncologists and surgeons are part of a multidisciplinary team of physicians who work together with one goal in mind — to design a treatment plan that will provide you with the best possible outcome.
  • They are leaders in their field who have tremendous experience in diagnosing, treating and managing cancers of the digestive system.

Advanced treatments and facilities

  • As a part of a leading academic medical institution, our team has access to the most advanced research-based techniques available. They will incorpate these options into an individualized plan that may include surgery, chemotherapy or radiation.

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Commission on Cancer Accredited Program - A Quality Program of the American College of Surgeons

The UF Health Jacksonville cancer program is accredited by the Commission on Cancer, a quality program of the American College of Surgeons.

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