Symptoms and Signs of Stomach Cancer in Children

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Medically Reviewed on 9/17/2021

Doctor's Notes on Stomach Cancer in Children

Stomach cancer (gastric cancer) occurs when the cells of the lining of the stomach start to grow abnormally. The risk of stomach cancer is increased by having an infection with Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) bacterium, which is found in the stomach. 

Early symptoms of stomach cancer (gastric cancer) in children may include anemia (a lower than normal number of red blood cells), but there may be no other signs or symptoms before the cancer spreads. When symptoms of stomach cancer (gastric cancer) in children do occur they may include:

Other conditions that are not stomach cancer may cause these same signs and symptoms.

What Is the Treatment for Stomach Cancer in Children?

Treatment for childhood stomach cancer may include:

If the cancer recurs after the treatment above, other treatment that may be used include:

  • Targeted therapies, which are designed to target tumor cells that harbor specific genetic changes
  • Clinical trials, in which new drugs or combinations of drugs are tested

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