Stomach Cancer (cont.)
Stomach Cancer Treatment
The treatment of stomach cancer depends on the results of tests and your overall health.
- People with advanced heart and lung disease may not tolerate aggressive therapy.
- In many cases, the stomach cancer may have advanced too far for any available treatment to work.
- You will require surgery to be cured. Your stomach is removed entirely, and your esophagus is attached to your small intestine.
- Surgery may relieve symptoms of obstruction. The upper end of your stomach is connected to your small bowel, bypassing the area of obstruction.
- Companion treatment with either chemotherapy or radiation may improve your survival following surgery.
- After your stomach has been removed, your doctor will monitor your disease with repeat CT scans of your abdomen and gastrointestinal endoscopy to make sure the cancer does not return.
Robert J Fingerote, MD, MSc, BSc
Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
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