Metastatic, or stage 4, stomach cancer has advanced and spread beyond the stomach and nearby lymph nodes to distant areas of the body. This type of cancer is most likely to spread to the liver or peritoneum, which is the membrane lining of the abdominal cavity. Other areas where stomach cancer commonly spreads include the lungs and bones.
Stomach cancer that has spread to distant areas can present a variety of symptoms. These include stomach pain, bloody stool, nausea, abdominal bloating and trouble swallowing. Additional symptoms related to where the cancer has spread are also possible. For example, if stomach cancer has metastasized to the liver, jaundice may occur. Or, if the lungs are affected, symptoms may include shortness of breath, difficulty breathing or a persistent cough.
What should I do if I have symptoms of metastatic stomach cancer?
Having symptoms of metastatic stomach cancer does not necessarily mean you have cancer. In fact, many other, more common conditions can cause similar symptoms. Therefore, a diagnosis from an experienced physician is necessary to confirm or rule out stomach cancer as the cause of your symptoms.
If you receive a stomach cancer diagnosis, you’ll want to explore your treatment options. Moffitt Cancer Center offers comprehensive diagnostic, treatment and supportive care services for individuals with any stage of stomach cancer. The experts in our Gastrointestinal Oncology Program work together to provide our patients with individualized treatment plans that are tailored to their unique needs.
Whether you’ve been diagnosed with metastatic stomach cancer or would like to have your symptoms evaluated, you can request an appointment at Moffitt by calling 1-888-663-3488 or filling out a new patient registration form online. We welcome patients with or without a referral.