Stomach Cancer Overview

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Treating Stomach Cancer TOPICS

How is stomach cancer treated?

This information represents the views of the doctors and nurses serving on the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Information Database Editorial Board. These views are based on their interpretation of studies published in medical journals, as well as their own professional experience.
The treatment information in this document is not official policy of the Society and is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your cancer care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.
Your doctor may have reasons for suggesting a treatment plan different from these general treatment options. Don’t hesitate to ask him or her questions about your treatment options.

About treatment

Once your cancer has been found and staged, there is a lot to think about before you and your doctors choose a treatment plan. You may feel that you must make a choice quickly, but it is important to give yourself time to absorb the information you have just learned. Ask your cancer care team questions. You can find some good questions to ask in the section “What should you ask your doctor about stomach cancer?

The main treatments for stomach cancer are:

Often the best approach uses 2 or more of these treatment methods.

The choice of treatment depends on several things. The place and stage of the tumor are very important. But other factors to think about are your age, your overall health, and your personal wishes.

It is important that you understand the goal of your treatment. If a cure is not possible, treatment is aimed at relieving symptoms such as trouble eating, pain, or bleeding.

You will most likely have a team of special doctors involved in your care before plans for treating your stomach cancer are made. In most cases, a surgeon, a medical oncologist, and perhaps a radiation oncologist will work on a treatment plan before the start of your treatment. Many other specialists may be involved in your care as well.

If time permits, you may want to get a second opinion about your treatment options. A second opinion can provide you with more information and help you feel more sure about the treatment plan that you choose.

Last Medical Review: 05/27/2014
Last Revised: 01/09/2015