Cancer Guide

On Cancer: Stomach Cancer Treatment Advances at Memorial Sloan Kettering

By Andrea Peirce, BA, Writer/Editor  |  Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Pictured: Vivian Strong Surgeon Vivian Strong

Significant progress has been made in the treatment of stomach (gastric) cancer over the past few years, with more people who have early-stage tumors surviving the disease than ever before. Many of these success stories are at Memorial Sloan Kettering, where we diagnose and treat more people with stomach cancer than any other cancer center in the United States.

Learn about this expertise in our newly updated stomach cancer guide, which describes how our effectiveness in treating the disease has been enhanced by the ability to identify subtle but important differences among various types of stomach cancer and to accurately stage your condition so that we can determine the best treatment approach for you.

Surgery is the most common method of treating stomach cancer, especially when it is in the early stages of development. For many of our patients in this situation, minimally invasive surgical techniques provide the best option since they tend to lead to relatively few complications, shorter recovery times, less need for pain relief, and reduced risk that the cancer will return compared with open surgeries.

Our surgeons are global leaders in this arena, having performed more laparoscopic stomach procedures than any other cancer center in the country.

Individualized Care

Memorial Sloan Kettering’s multidisciplinary team of more than 20 doctors includes world-class specialists in gastroenterology, surgical oncology, medical oncology, interventional radiology, and radiation oncology who work closely together to diagnose and treat this illness.

The team meets weekly to discuss each patient and develop a personalized treatment plan. Having a variety of specialists involved in your care from the beginning ensures that you will receive the therapy or combination of therapies that is best for you.

In developing a treatment plan, we consider factors such as the location of the cancer, the depth to which it has invaded layers of the stomach or spread to nearby organs or tissues, previous treatments you may have received, and your personal priorities.

For people with more advanced tumors that have spread beyond the stomach lining, we may recommend chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or both to control symptoms and help you live longer. No matter what stage your cancer may be, our specially trained staff can also help you manage side effects of stomach cancer treatment , such as pain and nausea.

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