Gastric Cancer (Stomach)
Gastric cancer is cancer that originates in the stomach. The most common type of gastric cancer is referred to as adenocarcinoma, which starts from a cell found in the lining of the stomach. Gastric cancer is more common in other countries than it is in the United States, however due to the multicultural population in Brooklyn, our doctors have extensive experience treating this disease.
Diagnosing Stomach Cancer
Maimonides diagnostic services offer state-of-the art imaging tools that allow physicians to pinpoint the location of the cancer. Tests used to help diagnose gastric cancer may include a complete blood count (CBC), esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) with biopsy, a stool test to check for blood in the stools, or an upper GI series.
Treating Stomach Cancer
In the case of gastric cancer, the surgical removal of the stomach, referred to as gastrectomy, is the only curative treatment. For some patients, a surgical bypass procedure may be recommended to help relieve symptoms. Chemotherapy may be given preoperatively to reduce the size of a tumor and to increase the chance of a cure.
If surgery is necessary, our physicians use minimally invasive techniques whenever possible. Minimally invasive approaches reduce hospital stays, as well as your pain and recovery time after the procedure. If the cancer has spread to other organs, or if the patient cannot tolerate surgery, chemotherapy and radiation may be given, alone or in combination, to prolong survival and can be given as a palliative measure (to help reduce symptoms).