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What are the treatments for stomach cancer?

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  • Treatments for stomach cancer may include one or more of the following: Surgery, called gastrectomy, removes all or part of the stomach, as well as some of the tissue surrounding the stomach. Lymph nodes near the stomach are also removed and biopsied to check for cancer cells. For stage zero through stage 3 stomach cancer, surgery provides the only real chance for a cure at this time.
  • Chemotherapy is the use of anticancer drugs. This may be used before and after surgery or for cancers that have spread to other organs. Prior to surgery, chemotherapy -- with or without radiation -- is sometimes used to shrink the tumor or to make an inoperable tumor suitable for surgery (known as neo-adjuvant therapy).
  • Radiation therapy is the use of ionizing X-rays to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. This is used with chemotherapy before or after surgery and sometimes both. It can also be used to relieve symptoms in those with localized cancer (cancer that hasn't spread to other parts of the body) or to relieve localized symptoms in persons whose cancer has metastasized (spread to another part of the body).

SOURCES: 

American Academy of Family Physicians: "What Should I Know About Stomach Cancer?"

The Mayo Clinic: “Stomach cancer.” 

The Journal of the American Medical Association, January 14, 2004.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 30, 2017

SOURCES: 

American Academy of Family Physicians: "What Should I Know About Stomach Cancer?"

The Mayo Clinic: “Stomach cancer.” 

The Journal of the American Medical Association, January 14, 2004.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 30, 2017

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