What is gastric cancer?

Updated: May 21, 2019
  • Author: Elwyn C Cabebe, MD; Chief Editor: N Joseph Espat, MD, MS, FACS  more...
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Gastric cancer is the third most common cause of cancer-related death in the world, [1] and it remains difficult to cure in Western countries, primarily because most patients present with advanced disease. In the United States, stomach malignancy is currently the 15th most common cancer. [2] The stomach begins at the gastroesophageal junction and ends at the duodenum. See the image below.

Stomach and duodenum, coronal section. Stomach and duodenum, coronal section.

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