While early stages of stomach cancer may not show any symptoms, metastatic stomach cancer, which has progressed to an advanced stage, is associated with numerous symptoms. Some of the most common symptoms of advanced-stage stomach cancer include:
- Stomach pain
- Bloody stool
- Unexplained weight loss
- Lack of appetite
- Difficulty swallowing
- Abdominal swelling or bloating
In addition, individuals with metastatic stomach cancer may have other symptoms associated with the specific area to which the cancer has spread. For example, if stomach cancer has spread to the lungs, it may produce shortness of breath, difficulty breathing or a persistent cough. If stomach cancer has spread to the liver, jaundice may occur as well.
What to do if you have metastatic stomach cancer symptoms
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to consult with a physician who can perform the necessary exams to provide an accurate diagnosis. Many symptoms associated with metastatic stomach cancer can also be caused by other, more common conditions. If stomach cancer is confirmed as the cause of your symptoms, your physician can discuss your next steps in exploring your treatment options.
At Moffitt Cancer Center, the experts that make up our Gastrointestinal Oncology Program collaborate as a tumor board to review complex cases. Our multispecialty team ensures that each patient receives a treatment plan that is tailored to his or her unique needs in order to provide the best chance of achieving a positive outcome and improved quality of life.
Whether you are experiencing symptoms of metastatic stomach cancer that you would like to have evaluated or you have already received a diagnosis, you can turn to Moffitt for the diagnostic, treatment and supportive care services you need. You can request an appointment with or without a referral by calling 1-888-663-3488 or by filling out a new patient registration form online.