Stomach (Gastric) Cancer: Diagnosis & Treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering

Pictured: Yelena Janjigian At Memorial Sloan Kettering, medical oncologists such as Yelena Janjigian take a team approach to shaping an individualized treatment plan for our patients with stomach cancer.

Over the past decade, significant progress has been made in treating stomach cancer, thanks to improvements in the accuracy of staging the illness and advances in surgical techniques. Improvements in our ability to identify subtle but important differences among various types of stomach cancer have also influenced how effectively we are able to treat the disease. And as doctors evaluate and treat more people with early-stage tumors, more people are surviving the disease.   

Memorial Sloan Kettering offers expert comprehensive care for people with stomach cancer. Our 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.

We see more people with stomach cancer than any other cancer center in the United States. Each year, we evaluate and treat more than 200 people with the disease and perform approximately 100 open and minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures.   

Surgery is the most common approach for 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 a good approach and lead to relatively fewer complications, shorter recovery times, less need for pain relief, and reduced risk that the cancer will return.

For people with more advanced tumors that have spread beyond the stomach lining, we may also recommend chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or both to control symptoms and extend survival.

Individualized Treatment

Our team of gastric cancer experts 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.

Learn more about how we diagnose and treat people with stomach cancer.