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Getting the Facts About Abdominal Cancers

If your or a loved one has received a cancer diagnosis, you probably have a lot of questions. Abdominal cancers in particular – including renal cell (kidney) cancer, gastric (stomach) cancer, and liver cancer – can feel like complicated and intimidating subjects. Anyone seeking to learn more about Phoenix abdominal cancer treatment can depend on the informational resources we have prepared. Here are some answers to questions our team members are commonly asked.

What Are the Risk Factors and Symptoms of Stomach Cancer?

Many different risk factors are associated with stomach cancer, including:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • History of tobacco use and alcohol use
  • Pernicious anemia
  • Weight
  • Family history
  • Past stomach surgeries
  • The presence of small growth polyps in the stomach

Symptoms of stomach cancer include vomiting, indigestion, blood in stool or vomit, unexplained weight loss, abdominal pain, and loss of appetite.

Who Might Develop Stomach Cancer?

Stomach cancer is most common in people ages 60 and older; it is more frequently diagnosed in men. African Americans and Hispanic Americans are more frequently diagnosed with stomach cancer than non-Hispanic whites.

Should I Get a Second Opinion?

Patients can choose to seek a second opinion regarding a cancer diagnosis if they are not comfortable with the treatment plan outlined by their initial doctor, or if the doctor who made the diagnosis is not a cancer expert. A second opinion can also be sought if a rare cancer has been diagnosed or if the patient wishes to narrow down the treatment options available to them.

How Can Patients Learn More?

Education is going to be an essential part of the care experience. Once a diagnosis has been made, the patient can educate themselves with the help of books, online articles, and other reputable information. We have a patient education library online that can get you started.

Get Personal Answers

If you have questions about cancer treatment and care, please schedule a consultation with our Phoenix cancer center today.


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