Stomach Cancer


Stomach Cancer

Stomach cancer or adenocarcinoma is the type of cancer that starts in the glands called adenoids which are found in the lower part of the stomach, just below the esophagus. These glands secrete an enzyme called adenine which is involved in digestion. This is a group of glands which is very important for the proper functioning of the human digestive system. It is also possible that the adenoids may become cancerous.



When stomach cancer cells begin to grow in these glands there will be associated changes in the production of digestive juices. In fact, the enzymes that are produced may not be able to reach the ends of the small intestines. In order for the affected person to survive the attack of stomach cancer it is essential that the affected person’s immune system is able to act as though there is no cancer. One way that this can happen is to attack and destroy any abnormal cells that are found in the stomach wall.


When this happens there is an increase in the speed at which the cells multiply. This leads to the formation of more adenoid cells. Over time these cells can become large enough to block the exits (small tubes) used by the stomach acids to exit the stomach. Once this blocking has occurred surgery to remove the tumor from the glands will be required.


Stomach adenocarcinomas are a type of cancerous condition that does not have the same markers as other types of cancers. Because they are made up of a protein like material they have the ability to remain undigested for years. A diet without enzymes is one cause of this undigested material. Another is that the adenocarcinoma is able to grow and spread rapidly because it has the ability to use natural killer cells (this is similar to how herpes cells work). The cancer cells that it attacks can become immune to the drug that has been used to treat it will keep growing and multiplying.


There are two main types of adenocarcinomas that can be identified in the lymph nodes. They are both non-cancerous though they may look very much like cancer. In the first case they will be referred to as functional adenocarcinomas. They will grow and spread without having the cancer markers. They will have a normal appearance and may have a slight redness around the base.


In the second case, called non-functional adenocarcinomas, they will have a normal appearance and may show some redness or swelling. But they will not have any lymph nodes found in them. They will have an increased rate of bleeding and possibly infection with streptococcus bacteria. If a person has both types, then the symptoms will likely be very similar. They will include tiredness, weight loss, fever, swelling and pain in the upper abdomen as well as the lymph nodes.


These signs are due to the abnormal growths that occur in these stages of the disease. When cancer grows in stages, it is more difficult for it to be detected early. As the tumor grows in size, it will obstruct the normal functions of the lymph nodes. They will become less efficient at filtering out waste products and they might even produce too much fluid as a result. This can lead to infections and also to the buildup of fluid under the skin. When it reaches this point, it’s too late to save the lymph nodes and they will die because of the pressure from the tumor.


The only way to detect stage three cancer is when it reaches the fourth stage. This is when most people who have it are diagnosed. Symptoms in this stage include abdominal pain, fever, swelling and pain in the upper back and groin area. Some people may also develop skin rash, diarrhea or constipation. It’s important to note that these symptoms will likely improve with time and do not necessarily mean that the cancer has spread to other parts of the body.


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