Are My Symptoms Indicating Stomach Cancer or Something Else?

The symptoms of stomach cancer can be difficult to recognize, especially when the cancer is in its early stages. This is because many of the symptoms of this malignancy are similar to those of other conditions, like an ulcer or a stomach bug.

Symptoms of early stage stomach cancer

The symptoms of early stage stomach cancer are not serious, and often go ignored. However, stomach cancer is usually more treatable when it is detected early, so individuals – especially those at a heightened risk of developing stomach cancer – should be aware of the symptoms so that they can be shared with a physician as soon as they appear. Some symptoms of early stage stomach cancer include:

  • Pain or discomfort in the stomach area
  • Indigestion
  • Heartburn
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Loss of appetite
  • Feeling full after eating a small amount of food
  • Jaundice
  • Feeling like you have food stuck in your throat while eating

Symptoms of advanced stomach cancer

Stomach cancer that has progressed can cause more severe symptoms to appear. These symptoms may include:

  • Vomiting blood
  • Bloody stools
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Weakness or fatigue

Having one or more of these symptoms does not necessarily mean you have stomach cancer. Only a physician can accurately determine if your symptoms are due to stomach cancer or a different condition. If you are experiencing symptoms of stomach cancer that worsen or persist after several weeks, promptly schedule an appointment with a physician who can assess your condition and provide you with a diagnosis.

Moffitt Cancer Center offers comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services to those with stomach cancer. Moffitt is at the forefront of stomach cancer research and treatment, and in addition to having access to standard therapies, eligible patients may be able to participate in one of our clinical trials, where they can benefits from the latest breakthroughs in treatment before they are made available elsewhere. To have your stomach cancer symptoms evaluated by a Moffitt physician, call 1-888-663-3488 or submit a new patient registration form online. Referrals are not required to come to Moffitt.