What is stomach cancer?

Stomach cancer is cancer that starts anywhere inside the stomach or the stomach wall. It’s also called gastric cancer.


Symptoms of prostate cancer include difficulty swallowing, weight loss and indigestion (dyspepsia).

Getting diagnosed

Find out about the tests that you have as well as how to get the most out of seeing your GP, when you should see a specialist and screening.

Risks and causes of stomach cancer

Lifestyle factors are linked to 3 out of 4 stomach cancers. It is the 16th most common cancer in the UK. 

Types and grades

The type of stomach cancer you have depends on the type of cell it starts in. The grade means how abnormal the cells look under a microscope. 


The stage of a cancer tells you how big it is and how far it’s spread. It helps your doctor decide which treatment you need.


Find out about survival for stomach cancer. These are general statistics based on large groups of people. Remember, they can’t tell you what will happen in your individual case.


Your treatment depends on where in the stomach your cancer is, how big it is, whether it has spread anywhere else in your body and your general health. 

Advanced cancer

Advanced stomach cancer means that a cancer that began in the stomach has spread to at least one other part of the body, such as the liver or lungs.

Living with stomach cancer

Get support to cope during and after stomach cancer treatment, including diet tips to help you eat well.

Research and clinical trials

Find out about the latest UK research for stomach cancer, clinical trials and how you can take part.

Last reviewed: 
27 Jun 2016

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