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Stomach Cancer

  • What is Stomach Cancer?

    Stomach cancer (also called gastric cancer) is an abnormal growth of tissue in the stomach. The cancer usually starts in the cells lining the inside of the stomach. It can form a tumour or ulcer (painful sore) within the stomach or spread through the wall of the stomach.

  • People with stomach cancer often have an infection with H. Pylori (a bacterium), but not everyone who has this infection will develop stomach cancer. Stomach cancer is more common in East Asian than Western countries.

    You may be at risk if you:

    • Are older than 50 years
    • Eat a lot of smoked foods, salted fish and meat, and pickled foods – eating fruits and vegetables high in vitamins A and C lowers the risk of stomach cancer
    • Have a family member who had stomach cancer
    • Have pernicious anaemia, which prevents you from absorbing enough vitamin B12
    • Have chronic gastritis, a long-term inflammation (swelling) of the stomach
    • Smoke tobacco
  • Early stomach cancer often does not cause symptoms. As the cancer grows, symptoms may include:

    • Chronic abdominal pain
    • Loss of appetite
    • Unexplained weight loss
    • Other health problems can cause stomach pain (dyspepsia), including acid reflux or gastritis. Less common symptoms of stomach cancer include:
      1. Anaemia (lack of red blood cells or haemoglobin in the blood)
      2. Passing black stools, which is a sign of bleeding
      3. Vomiting
  • Treatment for stomach cancer includes:

    • Surgery to remove part or all of the stomach, or to reduce complications from the tumour if it is at a late stage
    • Chemotherapy, sometimes given with radiation therapy after surgery, or to reduce symptoms if you cannot have surgery
    • Radiation therapy (high-energy x-rays), sometimes given with chemotherapy, to destroy any remaining cancer cells after surgery
    • Targeted therapy to stop the growth and spread of cancer cells
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    • Choo Su Pin

      Specialty:
      Oncology - Medical

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      Clinic:
      Curie Oncology
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #08-21
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      6259 5538
    • Lee Kim Shang

      Specialty:
      Oncology - Medical

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      Clinic:
      Mount Elizabeth Oncology Centre
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth Level 2 Mount Elizabeth Hospital
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      67312778
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      Parkway Cancer Centre
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #13-16/17
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      67338118
      Clinic:
      Parkway Cancer Centre
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #05-43/50 to 55
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      68363665
    • Lim Sheow Lei

      Specialty:
      Oncology - Medical

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      Clinic:
      Oncocare Women's Cancer Clinic
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #06-22/23
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      6252 5325
    • Loh Poh Yen

      Specialty:
      Gastroenterology

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      Clinic:
      Gutcare Digestive.Liver.Endoscopy Associates
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #10-58
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      67343435
    • Tan Chee Seng

      Specialty:
      Oncology - Medical

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      Clinic:
      Oncocare Cancer Centre
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #09-59/60/61/62/63
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      6694 1721
    • Wong Kong Min Reuben

      Specialty:
      Gastroenterology

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      Clinic:
      Gutcare Digestive.Liver.Endoscopy Associates
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #10-58
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      67343435
    • Lee Kuo Ann

      Specialty:
      Oncology - Medical

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      Clinic:
      Radiation Oncology Centre
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road, Basement 1 Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      69330128
    • Ang Cheng Nee Benny

      Specialty:
      Gastroenterology

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      Clinic:
      Gastroenterology Clinic
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #09-10
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      67330519
    • Ang Cher Siang Peter

      Specialty:
      Oncology - Medical

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      Clinic:
      Oncocare Women's Cancer Clinic
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #06-22/23
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      6252 5325
      Clinic:
      Oncocare Cancer Centre
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #17-05
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      6836 5201
    • Ang Peng Tiam

      Specialty:
      Oncology - Medical

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      Clinic:
      Parkway Cancer Centre
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #05-43/50 To 55
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      6684 5522

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