Patient Comments: Stomach Cancer - Symptoms

What symptoms and signs did you experience with stomach cancer?

Comment from: vpalston, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 06

For the past 6 years I had experienced pain in my upper stomach area. I was told I had pancreatitis. In November 2012 I was hospitalized with severe stomach pain and had numerous tests only to be told by that physician that I had acid reflux disease and was prescribed Prilosec. My inability to swallow and weight loss continued to worsen. In January 2013 I made several attempts to see my physician however I was told I couldn"t be seen until April 2013. I knew something wasn"t right so I found another physician who was able to see me the next day. He immediately sent me for testing and I was diagnosed in February 2013 with stomach cancer. I was immediately sent to an oncologist and began chemotherapy treatments for 3 sessions and had my stomach, spleen and several lymph nodes removed in July 2013.

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Comment from: kolo, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 19

I have been diagnosed with SIBO and am somewhat confused on treatment. My doctor prescribed Xifaxan but this is for IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) with diarrhea and I have IBS with constipation.

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Comment from: sujith, 19-24 Male (Caregiver) Published: December 01

I was feverish, had loose motions and blood in motions, and severe cough before I was diagnosed with stomach cancer.

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Comment from: J Phillips, 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: November 08

My father had always been an exceptionally healthy man, fit and active. He had his yearly physical in the spring of 2011 and had no health concerns to speak of. During the summer months of 2011 his voice became hoarse, he began to have difficulty swallowing, and he felt fatigued. His family doctor diagnosed him with acid reflux, although he had no burning or indigestion. He began to feel full after eating only a little bit of food. My family & I took my father to the doctor many times and each time it was a different diagnosis, all of them incorrect. He was finally diagnosed with ascites and had 3 liters of fluid drained from his abdomen. We finally succeeded in getting him a GI scope which discovered a tumor in his stomach. He was diagnosed with stomach cancer on Sep 7, 2011 and died on Oct 4, 2011. Once we received his diagnosis it was too late for him, he deteriorated so rapidly in front of our eyes-heart breaking. November is Stomach Cancer Awareness month-please don't take issues of persistent indigestion, hoarseness, difficulty swallowing lightly. The difficulty with stomach cancer is that when the symptoms do present themselves, it is quite often too late. My father didn't have a chance.

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Comment from: sister, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 17

My brother passed away Jan 8th, 2011. He was diagnosed with stomach cancer on December 10th, 2010 just a week after his 56th birthday. He had been having issues with severe indigestion and had a hard time eating things. When he ate things would burn instantly. They had given him medicine for acid reflex and then treated him for an ulcer. I told him he needed to get a scope done which he did, but he was already at stage four cancer. I watched my brother rapidly go downhill and had him taken to the hospital 3 times. We finally called in hospice and brought him to my home by ambulance and he passed the same day. He was having problems for at least two months prior to the scope. Maybe if he had the scope done sooner he would have had a better chance of getting better. This cancer once at stage four went very fast. I lost my mother and now by brother to this terrible disease.

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Comment from: daughter-argie, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: March 11

My father had stomach cancer, it grew without any noticeable symptoms, except when the tumor went metastatic and developed bone cancer. Before that, he felt very cold in the feet and the doctors first diagnosed some kind of diabetes. Of course, it was wrong. He was finally diagnosed with stomach cancer 45 days before he passed away.

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