This information explains what stomach cancer is, the causes and risk factors for stomach cancer, its symptoms and what is likely to happen to you if you are diagnosed with this type of cancer.

About Stomach Cancer

Stomach cancer, also known as gastric cancer, is the result of abnormal cell changes in the lining of the stomach. The most common site of cancer is close to the oesophagus or gullet. Around 7,000 a year are diagnosed with Stomach cancer in the UK each year. It is more common in men than women and its peak age range is those between 40 and 60 years old. Find out more stomach cancer

Symptoms of Stomach Cancer

If you are worried about stomach cancer you can find information on the early signs and symptoms of the disease.

Diagnosing Stomach Cancer

This page will give you an overview of the initial stages leading to a stomach cancer diagnosis from your GP to the hospital for initial tests such as a barium meal or an endoscopy.

If you have already been for initial tests and have been given a first diagnosis you can find out more about what types of further tests you may be offered and how stomach cancer is staged and graded.

Treating Stomach Cancer

The section explains how your cancer treatment will be decided by you and your doctors. It also details the different types of cancer treatment, including their side effects and what they are used for.

Living with Stomach Cancer

This page contains information and advice about some of the problems and concerns you might have if you are living with stomach cancer.

Would you like to help researchers understand the experience of living with Gastric (Stomach) Cancer and help them understand how management of the cancer could be improved?

We are working with Hall & Partners on a research studied commissioned by a pharmaceutical company. The researchers aim is to understand what the experience of living with this type of cancer is like and how it can be improved from a patients perspective.

The researchers understand the subject can be physically or emotionally challenging for the patients and invite participants to bring along a caregiver to the discussion for moral support and also if they wish to contribute to the discussion as needed. The level of their involvement will be determined by the patient.

The researchers are experienced at patient research and fully appreciate the sensitive nature of these topics. For the comfort of the patients there will also be a moderator present who can help the patient clarify the boundaries of the discussion.

We will ensure that the result of the research presents a clear and honest representation of the patients views and within the boundaries of what they wish to be discussed.
The researcher can visit the patient and/or carer’s in their home, where they are comfortable given the circumstances. Or the interview can be conducted over the phone.

The interviews will be about 75 minutes long and each respondent will receive a £75 incentive for taking part in the study. If you are interested in taking part please contact Suzie Mitchell at or 02071734515.

Can I prevent Stomach Cancer?

Unsurprisingly, it is thought that diet can have a direct impact on your chances of developing stomach cancer. We recommend you:

  1. Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables at every meal time.
  2. Eat organic foods whenever you can.
  3. Avoid processed foods and anything with extra preservatives/high salt content, especially meat products like sausages and frozen/ready meals e.g. pies and beefburgers.Cutting down on fattier cuts of meat is also wise e.g. bacon and organ meats such as liver. Fish and poultry are good alternatives to red meat, as are soya and quorn.
  4. Maintain healthy levels of iron through drinking prune juice, and eating bran flakes and beans.
  5. Don’t get stressed out. And when you do, try to manage it through meditation, going for a run or even a spot of kick-boxing?!
  6. Drink more water and less alcohol.

Learn more about nutrition and exercise.

If you have any concerns about your health please consult a trained healthcare professional.

For further information why not try:

Cancer Research UK