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Debbie's Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer is dedicated to raising awareness about stomach cancer, advancing funding for research, and providing education and support internationally to patients, families, and caregivers. DDF seeks as its ultimate goal to make the cure for stomach cancer a reality.
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Choosing A Treatment Facility
Why Is The Choice So Important?

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, gastroenterologists, and support personnel to deal with the many physical and psychosocial challenges posed by gastric cancer. For this reason, it is very important for patients to have at least the initial phases of their staging and treatment at a cancer center or academic medical center which treats a large number of gastric cancers and can offer this multidisciplinary approach. Once the initial treatment is complete, it may be possible for many patients to return to their community hospitals to receive their follow-up care in that setting. Some medical centers allow a patient to receive treatment from their community doctor or hospital but still follow the patient from a distance with occasional trips back to the cancer center for tests or follow-up visits, and some will even allow follow-up consultations by phone.

How to Chose a Treatment Facility

There are many factors that should play into choosing a treatment facility. They include the following:

1. Where the patient is located
2. How sick the patient is and whether the patient can travel or has the time to travel for another opinion
3. Ability to be covered by insurance or to pay out of pocket for certain expenses and travel
4. Whether there are appointments available at the center of choice
5. If the patient has a caregiver who can travel with him/her
6. How many other similarly situated patients has that doctor and center treated in the last year

All of the above and possibly other factors should all be considered when choosing a treatment facility and treating doctor.

Stomach Cancer Brochure

To learn more about this topic and other stomach cancer topics, simply click below to download our new Debbie's Dream Foundation Stomach Cancer Brochure which was developed in conjunction with Lilly Oncology or contact our office to request that a free copy be mailed to you. You can also contact our office to request a free Mentor be assigned to you through our Patient Resource Education Program (PREP). We are here for you!

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Debbie's Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer ("DDF") is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or other health care services. Debbie's Dream Foundation staff cannot answer medical questions or provide treatment recommendations. DDF may provide information to you about physicians, products, services, clinical trials or treatments related to stomach cancer, but DDF does not recommend nor endorse any particular health care resource. You are advised to direct all medical questions to your health care professionals and to freely seek other opinions.  In addition, please note that personal information you provide to DDF during telephone and/or email communications are kept highly confidential and it may be stored and used to help DDF achieve its mission of assisting patients with, and finding cures and treatments for, stomach cancer. Stored constituent information may be used to inform DDF programs and activities. Information also may be provided in aggregate or limited formats to third parties to guide future stomach cancer research and treatment efforts. DDF will not provide personal directly identifying information (such as your name or contact information) to such third parties without your prior written consent unless required or permitted by law to do so.


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