Stomach cancer

Stomach cancer is fairly uncommon (the 19th most common cancer in the U.S.). In the United States, there is no routine screening for upper GI cancers, and there are few symptoms in the early stages. There are several different types of stomach cancer, and each cancer is treated individually. Tests such as the endoscopic ultrasound offer important details to help your oncologist and surgeon determine the best treatment for you.

Our comprehensive multispecialty team diagnoses and treats more upper GI cancer cases than any other hospital in the region. We perform approximately 20 major surgeries for stomach cancer each year, and with these high volumes have improved patient and disease outcomes.

Treatment options

Small, early-stage tumors benefit from certain treatments, while later-stage cancer may require more extensive surgery, targeted chemotherapy and radiation. Our multidisciplinary team of experts will consult with you and your loved ones when it comes to diagnosing and treating your stomach cancer. We provide the experience, technology and personalized treatment options to help you achieve the best possible outcome.

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This well-known cancer treatment uses medicines taken intravenously or by mouth to kill cancer cells throughout the body. Chemotherapy may be given before surgery to shrink tumors, or after to fight cancer cells that have potentially spread.

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For certain stomach cancers, surgery to remove the entire stomach may be recommended. While this is a major recovery, it is curative when it is the recommended treatment.

Intensity-modulated radiation therapy
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Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) is an advanced form of radiation that uses external beams mapped to the exact shape of the tumor. The strength of beams can be adjusted. It is delivered from multiple directions to protect normal tissue nearby.

Partial gastrectomy
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Part of the stomach may be removed, or in some instances, a "sleeve' surgery removes the left side of the stomach.

Radiation oncology
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A team of medical professionals with advanced training deliver radiation treatment and care.

Targeted therapy
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New, targeted drugs work to kill stomach cancer cells better than chemotherapy, and with fewer side effects.

A Powerful Second Opinion

If you have been diagnosed with cancer and would like a consultation or second opinion.