Stomach cancer

At the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre we know that a cancer diagnosis is a life changing event. We also know that every cancer is different, just like every person is different. We are dedicated to supporting and guiding you throughout your care. On this page you can learn about symptoms of stomach cancer, the potential treatment pathway and meet our treatment team.

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What is stomach cancer?

The most common form of stomach cancer is sometimes also called gastric cancer. It is uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the wall of the stomach. Usually it starts in the upper part of the stomach. This cancer is usually diagnosed using an endoscopy or gastroscopy. This is when a doctor inserts a thin flexible tube with a camera on the end through a person’s mouth, down their throat and into their stomach. That way the doctor is able to see the person’s stomach and assess whether or not they might have stomach cancer.

What are the symptoms of stomach cancer?

If you have any of the following symptoms please see your doctor. These symptoms may also occur for ailments other than cancer. Your doctor will advise if you need tests and where you should go to have these tests. In many instances you won’t feel anything at all. This is because stomach cancer often does not cause symptoms in the early stages. Early symptoms include a burning belly, indigestion or heartburn. Later symptoms include:

  • Feeling full, even if you’ve only eaten a small meal
  • Vomiting or feeling nauseous
  • Blood in vomit
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Swelling of the belly
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Unexplained weakness or tiredness
  • Black bowel motions
This information should not be used to replace medical advice.

Can I be treated at the ONJ Centre?

Once you have been diagnosed with cancer, your doctor or specialist can make a referral to the ONJ Centre for your cancer treatment. You can ask to be referred here, regardless of your insurance status or the stage of your treatment. The ONJ Centre is part of Austin Health, a leading Australian public hospital.

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