Treatment of stomach (gastric) cancer includes surgery and may also include chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
Gastrectomy, or surgical removal of the stomach, is the only treatment for gastric cancer that can cure the condition. Depending on the stage of the cancer, your oncologist may also recommend radiation therapy and chemotherapy.
Chemotherapy is the standard treatment for locally advanced cancers, in which the tumor has grown into nearby blood vessels and other tissues, but has not spread to the liver or distant organs.
We use the most advanced radiation therapy technology to help patients fight cancer with less scarring, shorter recovery times and a quicker return to productivity.
As a teaching hospital affiliated with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School, Memorial Hermann-TMC offers you and your loved ones access to innovative treatments and technologies as soon as they are made available, whether in the development and testing phases, or after FDA approval. Patients who qualify also have the opportunity to participate in clinical trials of treatments that would not otherwise be available to them. Find a study or trial.
Several different types of cancer can occur in the stomach. Adenocarcinoma, the most common type, starts in one of the common cell types found in the lining of the stomach.
The prevalence of gastric adenocarcinoma in the United States has decreased over the years. Experts think the decrease may be due to people eating less salted, cured and smoked foods.
Men are at higher risk for stomach cancer than women.
Doctors use the following tests to confirm a diagnosis of gastrointestinal carcinoma
Your doctor may also order blood tests to help determine the diagnosis, including a complete blood count (CBC), liver function and tumor markers.