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Gastric Cancer / Cancer Of The Stomach

Gastric cancer (cancer of the stomach) is most often found in people over age 55. Statistics have shown that men are more susceptible than women, and black more than whites. In India, approximately 24,000 new cases of gastric cancer are diagnosed each year and about 700,000 new cases diagnosed worldwide. 

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1. What does the stomach do?

The stomach is a hollow bag which joins up to the mouth via the esophagus (throat) and empties into the small intestine where most of the digestion of food occurs. The main function of the stomach is to act as a temporary reservoir (it can hold 1 to 1.5 litres) for foods and fluids intaken and fluids since the bowel cannot cope with digesting a large amount of food at once.

2. How good is the prognosis of Gastric cancer?

When cancer is detected early, the survival rate 5 years after diagnosis is 50%, without metastasis.

3. Which doctor treats cancer ?

An oncologist, cancer specialist treats cancer.

4. What is GERD?

GERD means Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. Gastroesophageal reflux describes a backflow of acid from the stomach into the swallowing tube or esophagus. The usual symptom is heartburn, an uncomfortable burning sensation behind the breastbone, most commonly occurs after a meal.

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