To speak to a specialist cancer nurse,
freefone the National Cancer Helpline
1800 200 700
Mon—Thurs 9am—7pm Fri 9am—5pm
The stomach is part of your digestive system. It is a hollow organ shaped like a bag that goes from the end of your oesophagus to the start of your small bowel. In the stomach, glands make chemicals, such as enzymes and acids, to help break down food. The stomach lining also makes a type of protein called intrinsic factor. This helps to absorb vitamin B12 into your bloodstream needed by red blood cells and your nervous system.
Stomach cancer is also known as gastric cancer. It happens when cells in the stomach change and start to grow quickly. They can then form a tumour. A malignant tumour is also known as cancer. The tumour can affect how the stomach works and cause problems for you. There are also different types of stomach cancer. Adenocarcinoma is the most common type and is found in the gland cells of the stomach.
Stomach cancer can occur in both men and women. Each year about 455 new cases of stomach cancer are diagnosed in Ireland.
Freephone 1800 200 700 to talk to a specialist cancer nurse
It's open Monday-Thursday from 9am to 7pm and Friday from 9am to 5pm
National Cancer Helpline
Freefone 1 800 200 700
Talk to a specialist nurse
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