Not everyone with cancer has cancer pain, but some do. If you have cancer that's spread or recurred, your chance of having pain is higher. Cancer pain takes many forms. It can be dull, achy, sharp or burning. It can be constant, intermittent, mild, moderate or severe. How much pain you feel depends on a number of factors, including the type of cancer you have, how advanced it is, where it's situated and your pain tolerance.
For certain patients with late-stage cancer that has spread to the abdominal cavity, a unique chemotherapy procedure offers hope of increased survival. Unlike traditional chemotherapy that is delivered intravenously, hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy, also known as HIPEC, works by delivering high-dose chemotherapy directly to cancer cells inside the abdominal cavity.
Stomach cancer usually begins in the mucus-producing cells that line the stomach. This type of cancer is called adenocarcinoma. For the past several decades, rates of cancer in the main part of the stomach (stomach body) have been falling worldwide. During the same period, cancer in the area where the top part of the stomach (cardia) meets the lower end of the swallowing tube (esophagus) has become much more common. This area of the stomach is called the gastroesophageal junction.