There are 5 main types of stomach cancer (gastric cancer) which include:

  • Adenocarcinoma: This is the most common type of stomach cancer, 90 to 95 percent of stomach cancer cases, and develops in the glandular tissues.
  • Lymphoma: This is a rare type of stomach cancer that develops in the immune system tissue of the stomach wall.
  • Leiomyosarcoma: This is a type of stomach cancer that develops in the stomach muscle layer.

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  • Gastrointestinal Stomal Tumors (GIST): This type of stomach cancer develops in the tissues which support the digestive organs. This type of tumor develops in the stomach wall tissues that contain a specific type of cell called intestinal cells of Cajal. Gastrointestinal stomal tumors are a rare form of cancer and can occur anywhere in the gastrointestinal tract. However the majority of GIST cases occur in stomach.
  • Carcinoid Tumors: This is another less common form of stomach cancer that develops in the hormone-producing tissues of the stomach. Most of these tumors do not spread to other organs.

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