Colon & Rectal Surgery

Rectal Cancer

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Gastric Cancer

Cancer of the stomach, also called gastric cancer, is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells grow from the inner lining of the stomach. Stomach cancer can develop in any part of the stomach and then may spread throughout the stomach and to other organs. Stomach cancers are classified according to the type of tissue from which they originate. The most common type of stomach cancer is adenocarcinoma, which starts in the glandular tissue of the stomach. Other forms of stomach cancer include lymphomas, which involve the lymphatic system, and sarcomas, which involve the connective tissue (such as muscle, fat, or blood vessels). The exact cause of stomach cancer is unknown, but various medical conditions can increase the risk, including gastritis (stomach inflammation), gastric polyps, gastric ulcers.

In addition, Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) which is a bacteria that infects the lining of the stomach and causes chronic inflammation and ulcers increases the risk of developing stomach cancer.

Stomach cancer can often be cured if it is found and treated at an early stage. Unfortunately, the outlook is poor if the cancer is already at an advanced stage.