My father has been told they suspect stomach cancer. he vomited blood once on 21st january 2011 which prompted him to seek medical help and has been anaemic ever since, he has no pain but his GP has said sometimes "pain" from stomach cancers can manifest as a ravenous hunger instead, he sometimes feels hungry when he knows he shouldnt but he wouldnt call it ravenous, he is eating fine, he has excessive belching and passing of wind and has dark stools from digested blood and often doesnt crap for 2-3 days.They have done the relevant tumour marker tests once, which reported high levels in the CEA test which was 24, apparently something like 4 is normal.
We are currently waiting for another test to see if they have elevated.
Drs are doing an exploritory operation to sight the cancer in mid may and then they will proceed from there.
We are going through the public health system so there are long waiting lists, so in the mean time he has only been seeing a GP. he has been tracking his red blood cell count which had gone up at such a rate his GP thought it might be at either an earlier stage or something benign but since blood is still in his stool it means he's only producing more blood than hes losing as opposed to it not bleeding anymore.
My queries are, has anyone been diagnosed stage 3 or 4 with such minimal symptoms as these?? or given the symptoms can it really be so far along already? he is 61 y/0 male weighing 130kg's