If stomach cancer spreads
Cancer cells can spread from the stomach to other parts of the body. This spread is called metastasis.
Understanding how a type of cancer usually grows and spreads helps your healthcare team plan your treatment and future care. If stomach cancer spreads, it can spread to the following:
- small intestine
- mesentery (folds of tissue that hold the abdominal organs in place)
- omentumomentumA fold in the peritoneum (the membrane that lines the walls of the abdomen and pelvis) that covers and supports organs and blood vessels in the abdomen.
- abdominal wall
- adrenal glands
- lymph nodes in and around the abdomen or above the left collarbone (Virchow node)
- ovaries (Krukenberg tumour)
- area around the belly button (Sister Mary Joseph node)
- pelvic area around the rectum (Blumer shelf)