Gastric Cancer

Now Scheduling Telehealth Appointments

Hoag is here for our community and wants to ensure you continue to receive world class care as we face COVID-19. In an effort to keep you safe at home, Hoag has launched the ability to schedule appointments via phone or video. Select Hoag physicians and clinics have the ability to perform telehealth appointments.

How to Schedule a Telehealth Appointment?

When you call your physician’s office, they will ask if you’d like to schedule a telehealth appointment. Telehealth appointments can be done via a phone call or through video. A staff member will then walk you through the steps related to completing a telehealth appointment.

Please note: Not all appointments can be done virtually. Your physician’s office will let you know what appointments can be done via phone or video, and what appointments are necessary to be done in person. Hoag continues to follow CDC recommendations to ensure our facilities are cleaned and sanitized for patients.

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What is Gastric Cancer

Gastric cancer is term used to describe cancer that occurs in the stomach. The most common type of stomach cancer occurs within the mucus-producing cells on the inside lining of the stomach (adenocarcinoma). Over time, the cancer may invade more deeply into the stomach wall and may grow through the stomach's outer layer into nearby organs, such as the liver, pancreas, esophagus, or intestine.

It’s important to note that over the decades true gastric cancer has continued to decline. However, cancers of the junction between the esophagus and stomach are increasing. These latter tumors appear to be more similar to esophageal cancers rather than true gastric cancer.

Risk Factors for Gastric Cancer

The exact cause of gastric cancer is unknown. However, factors that may increase an individual’s risk of stomach cancer include:

  • A diet high in smoked, salted and pickled foods
  • A diet low in fruits and vegetables
  • Eating foods contaminated with aflatoxin fungus
  • Family history of stomach cancer
  • Infection with Helicobacter pylori
  • Long-term stomach inflammation
  • Pernicious anemia
  • Smoking
  • Stomach polyps

Symptoms of Gastric Cancer

Signs and symptoms of gastric cancer may include:

  • Anemia
  • Fatigue
  • Feeling full and/or bloated after eating small amounts of food
  • Heartburn and/or indigestion
  • Stomach pain
  • Persistent nausea and/or vomiting
  • Unexplained weight loss

Because gastric cancer symptoms are similar to many other gastrointestinal conditions, accurate evaluation is critical to ensure proper treatment. That’s why it’s important to seek care from a healthcare expert experienced in the complex diagnosis and treatment of gastric cancer and other gastrointestinal conditions.

Expert Care You Can Trust!

Hoag continues to lead the way in complex GI care, providing access to a highly specialized surgical team that works collaboratively with Hoag-affiliated thoracic surgeons, gastroenterologists and medical oncology specialists to provide academic-level care. Hoag’s committed to accurate diagnosis, combined with progressive therapeutic options enables Hoag patients to achieve some of the highest clinical outcomes in the nation.

To schedule a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation, or a second-opinion consultation with a Hoag gastroesophageal expert, call us at: 888-566-9712.