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A woman’s yellow eyes, abdominal pain are symptoms of stomach cancer

A woman’s yellow eyes, abdominal pain are symptoms of stomach cancer

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  • A woman who had abdominal pain and yellow eyes was diagnosed with cancer.
  • Doctors write in a report that yellowing of the eyes is a “rare” first sign of stomach cancer.
  • Early symptoms of stomach cancer include: bloating after eating, heartburn and loss of appetite.

A woman whose eyes turned yellow was diagnosed at an advanced stage stomach cancer which killed her, according to a report.

The unnamed woman, aged 52, had stomach pains for three weeks and the whites of her eyes had turned yellow, doctors wrote in the report published in the Cureus Journal of Medical Science on December 13.

She was also sick, had lost weight, had no appetite and felt more tired than usual, the doctors, who work in the US and India, wrote.

Yellow eyes are a sign of advanced stomach cancer

A series of tests revealed that the woman had a type of stomach cancer called gastric adenocarcinoma. It had grown so much that it was pressing on the tube that carries digestive juices between the stomach and the small intestine.

The blockage caused a yellowish substance called bilirubin to build up, staining the woman’s eyes yellow. Gallstones and an inflamed pancreas can also block this passage, causing yellowing of the eyes and skin.

Doctors wrote in the report that yellow eyes are a “rare” first symptom of stomach cancer.

According to the National Cancer Institute, yellowing of the eyes and skin can be a sign of advanced stomach cancer, which can also cause: blood in the stool, unexplained weight loss, vomiting and trouble swallowing.

Early symptoms of the disease include: bloating after eating, heartburn and loss of appetite.

Stomach cancer accounts for about 1.5 percent of all new cancers diagnosed in the U.S. annually, according to the American Cancer Society. People are diagnosed at an average age of 68, and it is more common in men than women, it said.

Treatment depends on how far the cancer has spread

According to the National Cancer Institute, treatment options and life expectancy for someone with stomach cancer depends on how far the cancer has spread and the person’s overall health. In this case, the woman also had other health conditions, incl high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.

Doctors treated the woman with an operation called palliative surgery to relieve her symptoms, but not to cure her. The cancer had spread to her intestines so it could not be removed with surgery.

The woman was discharged home after the surgery, but refused further chemotherapy treatment and died two months later, according to the report.

About 26,380 new cases of stomach cancer will be diagnosed in 2022 and about 11,090 people will die from it. estimates the American Cancer Society.


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