Gastrointestinal cancer produces stromal tumors which occur either in the stomach or in the small intestine.
These type of tumors can often grow into the empty space in the gastrointestinal tract, therefore it might be like that they do not cause symptoms right away until they are in the specific certain location or have reached a certain size.
Small sized tumors might not be causing any symptoms but they might be found accidentally when the doctor is busy looking for some other problem. These small sized tumors often tend to grow slowly.
Symptoms related to Gastrointestinal Cancer
Gastrointestinal Cancers are responsible for producing fragile tumors which might bleed easily. In fact, these tumors are even often found because of the fact that they cause bleeding into the Gastroinstenial tract. Signs and symptoms of this bleeding entirely depend on how fast the bleeding occurs and where the tumor is actually.
- Bleeding either into the esophagus or stomach can cause a person to vomit blood. When the blood comes out it might be partially digested, so it might happen to look like coffee grounds.
- Bleeding in the stomach or the small intestine might make stool black and tarry.
- Bleeding into the large intestine willturn the stool red with blood visible.
- Slow bleeding, doesn’t cause the person to vomit blood or to have a change in their stool.
Other symptoms of GISTs might be including:
- Stomach Ache
- Swelling of the abdomen
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of appetite
- Loss in weight
- For tumors in the esophagusthere would be problems in swallowing
Tumors grow large enough that they start to block the passage of food via the stomach or the intestine. This can cause severe pain in the abdomen and vomiting as well. These tumors are often fragile and they might even rupture, thiscan lead to a hole in the wall of the GI tract. Itcan also result in severe stomach pain.