Treatment Options by Stage
Stage IV and Recurrent Gastric Cancer
Treatment of stage IV or recurrentgastric cancer may include the following:
- Chemotherapy as palliative therapy to relieve symptoms and improve the quality of life.
- Targeted therapy with a monoclonal antibody combined with chemotherapy.
- Endoluminal laser therapy or endoluminal stent placement to relieve a blockage in the stomach, or gastrojejunostomy to bypass the blockage.
Radiation therapy as palliative therapy to stop bleeding, relieve pain, or shrink a tumor that is blocking the stomach.
- Surgery as palliative therapy to stop bleeding or shrink a tumor that is blocking the stomach.
- A clinical trial of new combinations of chemotherapy as palliative therapy to relieve symptoms and improve the quality of life.
Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with stage IV gastric cancer. For more specific results, refine the search by using other search features, such as the location of the trial, the type of treatment, or the name of the drug. General information about clinical trials is available from the NCI Web site.