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Massive Ulcer or Cancer?

Hello! My Aunt is 64. She had what we all thought was a stomach virus for a week.. She kept feeling sick for over a month (vomiting, feeling full, tired, gassy) and we finally talked her in to going to the DR.  They performed X-RAYS, Catscan with contrast and blood work.. They admitted her saying that she was dehydrated and her potassium was low. She also had a WBC OF 15. They said it was high.. So they performed a endoscopy on her, because they wanted to look in her stomach a little better. They also did a colonoscopy and took a polyp out. When she was done the DR told her that she has a massive ulcer and may require surgery. She has to wait for the biopsy to come back. Could this be stomach cancer? Or is it just that? A massive ulcer?


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Hi there!

It would be difficult to comment on the etiology of the ulcer, without the biopsy report at hand. It could be either benign or malignant. For malignant lesion surgery would be imperative, while for a benign massive ulcer it may still be considered for risk of complications. It would be best to discuss the management plan in detail with her treating doctor after the biopsy reports become available.
Hope this is helpful.

Take care!
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