Stomach (Gastric) Cancer

What is stomach cancer?

Stomach cancer, which is also called gastric cancer, is a disease that starts in the stomach. More than 22,000 Americans will be diagnosed with stomach cancer this year. The most common type is an adenocarcinoma, which arises from the glands in the stomach lining. Other kinds of gastric cancer are lymphoma, GIST (gastrointestinal stromal tumors) and carcinoid tumors.

Stomach Cancer Treatment

If the cancer is detected early, surgery alone can be used to treat and cure stomach cancer. The treatment of stomach cancer generally involves a team approach with surgical, medical and radiation oncologists. Surgical resection with an adequate lymphadenectomy is essential for a cure. John P. Hoffman, MD, FACS, Jeffrey M. Farma, MD, FACS, John Michael Daly, MD, FACS, and Nestor F. Esnaola, MD, MPH, MBA, FACS, are experts in this area. Team members treat patients with chemotherapy and radiation therapy pre- or post-surgery, which has recently been proven to improve the cure rate for this disease. Some patients may have just have chemotherapy before and after surgery.

Clinical Trials

Patients with stomach cancer have the opportunity to participate in clinical trials evaluating treatment options. Clinical trials for stomach cancer, including Phase I trials, are available at Fox Chase Cancer Center.

Currently, patients with stomach cancer may participate in a variety of clinical trials that involve assessing a variety of different chemotherapies and biological therapies to determine if these new drugs given either before or after surgery might improve cure rates. Other clinical trials are looking at new drugs and combination for the treatment of stomach cancer that has already metastasized (spread).

For more information about gastrointestinal cancer treatment and prevention at Fox Chase Cancer Center or to make an appointment, call 1-888-FOX CHASE (1-888-369-2427).


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