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Diffuse Gastric Cancer is Associated with Elevated GDF15 – Kristen D. De Wilde, Contributor

About 90% of stomach tumors are adenocarcinomas, which are subdivided into two main histologic types: (1) well-differentiated or intestinal type (IGC), and (2) undifferentiated or diffuse type (DGC). The intestinal type is related to corpus-dominant gastritis with gastric atrophy and intestinal metaplasia, whereas the diffuse type usually originates in pangastritis without atrophy. Diffuse gastric cancer (DGC) differs from the more common intestinal (IGC) type in that the former is less differentiated, has a poorer prognosis, and occurs more frequently in younger patients. Continue reading