Signs of stomach cancer and a chance for a complete cure

Early detection of stomach cancer, patients only need to be treated with surgery without chemotherapy, the chance of cure is high.

According to data of the Ministry of Health, every year our country has about 10,400 stomach cancer detected, forecast to increase to about 11,500 cases by 2020. Stomach cancer ranks 3rd among the common cancers. in Vietnam but the rate of early detection is very low. Most patients who come to the hospital for treatment are at a later stage, losing the opportunity to treat during the golden period.

Dr. Vo Duy Long, Deputy Head of the Department of Gastroenterology, Hospital of University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Ho Chi Minh City, said that if cancer is detected at an early stage, patients only need to undergo surgery without chemotherapy. The cure will be higher.

"The disease will be definitively treated right from the start, the cure rate is over 90% after 5 years, cost savings, patients can return to normal life quickly. Currently, screening methods for cancer Stomach cancer is best done in gastroscopy, "said Dr. Long.

Depending on the condition and stage of the patient, the doctor will recommend appropriate methods. Endoscopic surgeon for patients with stomach cancer. Photo: Hospital provided

Stomach cancer in advanced stage is cancer in the second stage or later. At this stage, the cancer begins to invade other organs, lymph node metastases, distant metastases so the ability to thoroughly treat is difficult, the disease easily recurs after treatment.

With the development of medicine, patients with advanced gastric cancer still have the opportunity to treat thanks to the advanced treatment regimen in the world.

Depending on the condition and stage of the patient, the doctor will recommend appropriate methods such as surgery before chemotherapy, chemotherapy before surgery or chemotherapy late, using drugs to hit the target.

Dr. Long said the method "partial cut on the stomach" for the tumor is located in 1/3 of the stomach and "cut near the entire stomach" for the tumor is located in the middle 1/3 The stomach is a method that does not need to remove the entire stomach of the patient but still ensures the principle of treatment and can be applied to treatment for patients who have advanced stage but have not metastasized.

There is no known cause for stomach cancer. Pathogenic factors such as high salt intake, pickled fermentation, fermentation, smoked and baked meats, contaminated food, tobacco, obesity, HP infected patients combine with Other risk factors. People suffering from gastric diseases such as ulcers, chronic gastritis, gastric bypass surgery, gastric polyps, genetic factors, blood type A have a higher risk of stomach cancer than normal people.

People with early-stage stomach cancer often have normal symptoms such as abdominal pain, loss of appetite, blood in the stool, stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux ... Because the symptoms are not clear, people often give up. through cancer screenings directly affects treatment opportunities.

Dr. Long recommends that if the body shows signs of abdominal pain, indigestion, bloating for more than two weeks, a family history has had cancer or patients infected with HP virus, everyone should screen for stomach cancer. thick. Absolutely not arbitrarily treated with traditional remedies, drugs of unknown origin, need to eat enough nutrition and adhere to the doctor's treatment regimen to achieve high efficiency.

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