Stomach cancer is the cancer of the stomach and is also known as gastric cancer. The stomach is an organ in the digestive tract where food is digested before it moves to the intestines. Stomach cancer usually develops in the lining of the stomach and the most common type of stomach cancer is adenocarcinoma. Stomach cancer could genetic and associated with family history, it is also linked to cases of chronic infection of Helicobacter pylori. This is a type of bacteria associated with chronic gastritis and the development of recurrent peptic ulcers.
A biopsy is done to check the lymph nodes and bone marrow for signs of cancer.
A complete blood count blood test will be done to check for white blood cell increase which could be a sign of cancer.
A gastroscopy is a procedure to examine the esophagus, stomach and duodenum.
Imaging tests are done with ultrasound or CT scan to check the stomach for abnormalities.