Clinically, 60% of gastric cancer patients will experience recurrence and metastasis after surgery. If the recurrence and metastasis are detected early, surgery and other treatments can be performed, but most of the patients with postoperative recurrence and metastasis in life have already reached the advanced stage when they are discovered, and patients cannot undergo surgery or radiotherapy and chemotherapy at all. So early detection and early treatment are very important.
So, once gastric cancer relapses and metastasizes, our body What symptoms will appear?
Let’s first talk about what happens when gastric cancer recurs. When gastric cancer recurs, as the cancer cells infiltrate, destroy, and compress the gastric mucosa and surrounding tissues, the patient will experience persistent pain in the upper abdomen, and under the conduction of the nervous system, the patient’s pain will also extend to the back, shoulders, etc. other parts. In addition, when the gastric ulcer is damaged, it will be stimulated by the secreted gastric acid, which will also cause contraction spasm in the patient. As the air pressure in the stomach increases, the patient will also experience symptoms of reflux nausea, vomiting, acid reflux, and heartburn.
At the same time, stomach recurrence can also cause patients to develop symptoms such as chronic low-grade fever, long-term physical decline, weight loss, and black stools of unknown cause. Stomach cancer patients must keep in mind that when you have some common stomach discomfort symptoms in your stomach and it lasts for a period of time, you should go to the hospital for an examination immediately to prevent the condition from getting worse.
Once gastric cancer spreads to different parts, it will also There are different symptoms and pain in different parts, such as liver metastasis, pain in the liver area, and liver metastasis may also exist when the patient has jaundice symptoms. When gastric cancer has lymph node metastasis, the first site of metastasis is the left supraclavicular fossa, and enlarged lymph nodes will appear. When cancer cells metastasize to the lungs, symptoms of choking and coughing suddenly appear, but no sputum is present. When cancer cells spread to the abdominal cavity, the patient will feel that the abdomen gradually becomes larger and swollen, and it will also feel floating when walking, similar to the symptoms of ascites.
Share the treatment experience of a patient with gastric cancer. The patient is 40 years old. One year after the operation, he developed epigastric pain and discomfort, and the pain after eating Aggravated, also felt tired and weak, loss of appetite, black stools appeared in the stool, and it was very dry. These are all symptoms of abdominal metastasis of gastric cancer. The patient was very vigilant and went to the hospital for a review. After being diagnosed by the hospital, there was abdominal metastasis. Why did this gastric cancer patient metastasize? From the point of view of traditional Chinese medicine, it is mainly due to the long course of the disease, coupled with the undergone surgery and multiple chemotherapy treatments, which have damaged the body’s righteousness, resulting in the lack of Qi and blood stasis, stagnation of Qi and blood stasis, and the residual tumor poison in the body. Blood stasis and toxin are combined again, leading to recurrence and metastasis.
The treatment of this patient is mainly to invigorate the spleen and replenish qi, promote blood circulation and remove blood stasis, clear away heat and detoxify. Medications include astragalus, American ginseng, Danshen, Atractylodes macrocephala, Poria cocos, tangerine peel, Pinellia chinensis and so on. After several courses of treatment, the patient’s abdominal pain and blood in the stool basically disappeared, his eating returned to normal, and his spirit improved. After a follow-up CT scan, the mass shrank. In the follow-up, the patient’s condition was stable and his quality of life was good. He has survived with the tumor for more than 5 years.
Traditional Chinese medicine has a deep understanding of the occurrence and metastasis of tumors. Traditional Chinese medicine believes that righteousness is strong, qi and blood are full, the functions of the viscera and fu organs of the human body are normal, the body is in a state of balance, and it is not easy to get sick. If active treatment can be carried out after the illness to restore the balance of the body, recurrence or metastasis will not easily occur. If the body is deficient, the disease will spread and change, which can promote the development and metastasis of tumors. On the other hand, “unclear residual poison” is the most basic and important reason for tumor metastasis. After surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, although the evil spirit gradually disappears, the cancer poison is still dormant in the body. Traditional Chinese medicine believes that cancer poison has the characteristics of slow nature, strong toxicity, easy to spread, easy to consume righteousness, easy to cause stasis, etc., and it is easy to transfer to other places along the meridians, collaterals, and blood.
If cancer wants to survive for a long time, we must pay attention to the follow-up of treatment methods. There are many treatment methods after cancer surgery, including radiotherapy, chemotherapy, and traditional Chinese medicine treatment. Surgery is very harmful to the body of cancer patients. Cancer patients themselves are weak, which is not conducive to physical recovery. Moreover, many patients will undergo radiotherapy and chemotherapy shortly after the operation. At this time, with the treatment of traditional Chinese medicine, the vitality can be restored as soon as possible, so that the body can recover earlier. Chinese medicine treatment can control the deterioration of the disease and prevent the metastasis of cancer cells. Traditional Chinese medicine can change the internal environment of the body, change the soil where tumors exist and occur, can inhibit the growth of cancer cells, and achieve the purpose of preventing metastasis.