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Stomach Cancer (cont.)


If you have advanced stomach cancer, your chance for recovery is poor. Whether the cancer has spread into your abdominal cavity is the crucial factor in predicting your outcome.

  • The average survival time is usually less than 1 year, regardless of where the primary tumor was located. None of the available treatments seem to improve the survival time.

  • Factors that point to poor recovery include the following:

    • Presence of cancer in your lymph nodes

    • Involvement of distant organs

    • Tumors involving the upper one third of your stomach

  • Few people with these problems live 5 years.

  • If your cancer is found at an early stage of development, your chance of long-term survival approaches 70%.

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