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Stomach Cancer 101
A Guide for Patients, Families, and Caregivers

Here is information about stomach cancer, risk factors, symptoms, screening, early detection, diagnosis, staging, choosing a treatment facility, treatments, chemotherapy, surgery, radiation, molecular testing, genetics, clinical trials, and what's new in the diagnosis and treatment of stomach cancer.  If you have any questions, contact our office at (855) 475-1200 or email us at Patient.Resource@DebbiesDream.org.  All services are free and we would be happy to help!

Stomach Cancer Overview

Gastric cancers - those that begin in the stomach, esophagus or the junctions of these two organs - account for 37,600 new cancer cases in the United States each year and 25,150 deaths. Of these, 21,000 are stomach cancers resulting in 10,600 deaths each year. While ...
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Types of Stomach Cancer

Virtually all stomach cancers are adenocarcinomas, meaning that the cancer begins in the glandular tissue that lines the inside of the stomach. Adenocarcinomas are further classified as either intestinal or diffuse. This is important because the classification influences the ...
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Risk Factors

The primary risk factors for stomach cancer are:
• Infection with a bacterium known as Helicobacter pylori (H pylori) which is associated with gastric and duodenal ulcers, as well as with chronic dyspepsia (indigestion) . The bacteria ...
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Genetics & Hereditary Conditions

Genetic mutations play a role in the development of all cancers. Most cancers are caused by gene changes that happen during a person's lifetime, but a person's cancer risk can be higher if they have one of these rare inherited mutations. Doctors can test for certain kinds of gene ...
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Symptoms, Screening and Early Detection

In parts of Asia where stomach cancer is highly prevalent, aggressive screening programs have had some success in detecting early cancers and improving the outcomes.  In the United States there are no effective screening methods and no established programs for primary prevention ...
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Newly Diagnosed: First Steps to Take

People can be overwhelmed upon hearing the doctor tell you that you have cancer.  To help you answer common questions about cancer and feel more in control of your health, refer to this list below of information and resources.  It can help you learn about your diagnosis, find ...
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Your First Doctor Visit & Questions to Ask Your Doctor

If you are PREPared for your doctor visits, you will accomplish a lot more and have more of your questions answered. Here are some tips to help you with your first doctor visit.
Make sure to bring the following with you:
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Diagnosis & Staging

The most common procedure used to diagnose gastric cancer is upper endoscopy. Using this method, a doctor can visualize the gastrointestinal tract, obtain a biopsy of the tumor, and diagnose up to 95% of gastric cancer cases. This is often combined with ultrasound ...
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Choosing A Treatment Facility

 

Stomach cancer is a very serious disease. Its diagnosis, staging, and treatment are all complex and require an experienced, skilled team of medical professionals working together. This team includes surgeons, pathologists, radiologists, oncologists, radiation therapists, ...
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Treatment Options - Surgery, Chemotherapy, Targeted Treatments, and Radiation

The treatment for stomach cancer depends on its stage--the size and location of the tumor, whether the cancer has spread, and the patient's overall health. Treatments may include surgery, chemotherapy (possibly before and after surgery), targeted treatments, and radiation or any ...
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What's New In the Diagnosis and Treatment of Stomach Cancer?

There have not been any major advances for patients with stomach cancer in recent years, but there are a number of important areas of research that have shown promise and progress in improving the outlook for patients with this disease. Advances have been made in ...
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Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are the primary means by which new cancer treatments are developed, tested, and approved for use. Most stomach (gastric) cancer patients are diagnosed at advanced stages, so treatment is difficult and complex. Therefore, clinical trials for new drugs are essential. ...
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Symptom Management During Treatment

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Molecular Testing - Why Is This Important?

Targeted therapy is a type of treatment that targets a cancer's specific genes, proteins, or the tissue environment that contributes to cancer growth and survival.  Targeted therapy includes drugs that are aimed at specific genes or proteins that are only found in cancer cells ...
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Stomach Cancer Nutrition

When you are diagnosed with cancer, nutrition becomes even more important. Good nutrition can help you feel better, reduce the risk of infection, keep your strength up, and help you heal faster. Maintaining a healthy body weight and your body's store of nutrients can help ...
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Survival Rates

Survival rates are based on the cancer stages and generally given as a percentage of the patients who are able to survive 5 years or more after they are diagnosed. Patients should be advised that the survival rates are just a general guideline based upon relative survival, ...
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Psychosocial Care for Cancer Patients

Questions and Answers

1)What are the basic psychosocial needs of cancer patients?

Diagnosis and treatment of cancer is a major life stress for the cancer patient and their families. Cancer care today often provides state-of-the-science biomedical treatment, ...

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Surveillance After Treatment

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