Stomach cancer or gastric cancer is also another common cancer in India. Your stomach has three main parts: cardia, fundus, and the pylorus. The cancer usually begins in the mucus producing cells that line the stomach, nevertheless cancer in the cardia have become much more common.[ 1 ] Stomach cancer affects men more than women.
There has been an overall decline in the incidence of gastric cancer when food hygiene, sanitation, and food preservation methods are improved.[ 3 ] This is why integrative care is extremely important for those with stomach cancer, because it is directly linked to food intake.
Symptoms and Causes
An early sign of stomach cancer can be pain or burning sensation in the abdomen or indigestion. Some of the other symptoms which occur later can be: [ 2 ]
- a sense of fullness, even after a small meal
- nausea and/or vomiting
- loss of appetite and/or weight loss
- swelling of the abdomen
- unexplained tiredness or weakness
- blood in vomit
- black-coloured faeces.
Some risk factors of getting stomach cancer are:
- A diet high in salty and smoked foods
- A diet low in fruits and vegetables
- Family history of stomach cancer
- Infection with Helicobacter pylori
- Long-term stomach inflammation
It is not clear what causes stomach (gastric) cancer so there is no way to prevent it. But lifestyle changes by changing your diet, quitting smoking, or exercising you may lower your chances.
Conventional Therapies in Stomach Cancer
Some of the conventional methods include surgery of the stomach by removing early stage tumors from the lining, removing the entire stomach, or a portion of it. Other therapies include radiation, chemotherapy, and targeted drug therapy.
More information could be found at below resources:
- National Cancer Institute:
- Cancer.net: Stomach Cancer
Integrative Therapies in Stomach Cancer
The first few steps of integrative therapy with stomach cancer is diet. It is important to maintain a diet high in fresh vegetables and fruit. The American Cancer Society suggests complementary therapies such as vitamins, herbs, acupuncture, or massage. All these are great ways to enhance your recovery and treatment methods.
We know how important diet is when it comes to stomach cancer and so we focus on those specific needs.
Beyond the 7 Healing Practices, complementary therapies and lifestyle practices can be useful to enhance treatment effects, improve quality of life and possibly even extend life for those with stomach cancer.
Integrative therapies and approaches are evaluated according to their effects:
- Treating the cancer
- Managing side effects and promoting wellness
- Reducing risk
- Optimizing your terrain
BCCT: Stomach Cancer
American Society of Clinical Oncology: Gastrointestinal Cancer
- Epidemiology Review of Gastric Cancer in India: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3124986/
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