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Gastric Tumors

Progressive Surgical Care

Colorectal Surgeons and General Surgeons located in Howard Beach, Queens & New Hyde Park, Long Island

When you have a gastric tumor — a growth in your stomach — it can cause significant symptoms and extreme anxiety, even if it’s not cancerous. The team of providers at Progressive Surgical Care in Flushing, Forest Hills, New Hyde Park, Long Island and Howard Beach, Queens New York, is experienced and skilled in dealing with gastric tumors, including gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) and invasive adenocarcinoma. For an in-depth consultation and personalized surgical plan, call to schedule an appointment today.

Gastric Tumors Q & A

What’s a gastric tumor?

A gastric tumor is an abnormal growth inside the stomach. A gastric tumor can be cancerous or noncancerous. A gastric tumor can be small and cause few or no symptoms, or it can be large and affect other organs as well.

Symptoms of a gastric tumor include:

  • Feeling full, even when you’ve had no food
  • A palpable mass in or swelling of the stomach
  • Pain or tenderness
  • Nausea
  • Bloating
  • Vomiting food or blood
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Bloody stools
  • Indigestion and/or heartburn

If you have symptoms of a gastric tumor, your provider can order blood work, a CT scan, an MRI, or endoscopy, where a camera is placed down your throat and into the stomach (under anesthesia). To establish if your tumor is cancerous or noncancerous, they perform a biopsy, which tests the tissue found in the tumor.

What’s a gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST)?

A gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) is a type of abnormal growth inside the digestive tract, usually the stomach or small intestine. It’s one of the more common types of gastric tumors. It can be noncancerous or cancerous.

GISTs begin in nerve cells found in the lining of the digestive tract and are due to an abnormal element of the DNA in those cells. These tumors are very common and can be as small as the end of a pencil or large enough to affect several organs at once.

Typically, a GIST requires surgery, and a laparoscopic or robotic approach is offered as the optimal approach. Your expert surgeon at Progressive Surgical Care has specialized experience to determine the best course of treatment for your GIST or other gastric tumors.

How are gastric tumors treated?

Surgery is often the best option for treating gastric tumors, which can often be done laparoscopically and robotically. Surgery on a gastric tumor is determined by a number of factors, including:

  • The amount of tissue or organ involved
  • Whether it’s benign or cancerous
  • The size of the tumor
  • Whether complete removal is possible
  • Whether the tumor has spread outside the stomach

The team at Progressive Surgical Care has expert knowledge of the types of surgery and best surgical methods for treating your gastric tumors.

For an expert evaluation and a surgical plan, call or schedule an appointment online today with Progressive Surgical Care.