Stomach cancer, also known as gastric cancer, affects about 13,000 men and 8,000 women in the United States every year. Most cases develop in individuals over 70 years old. Stomach cancer typically begins in the inner-layer of the stomach and may move through the outer-layer and into nearby organs and lymph nodes.
Experts at Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center understand stomach cancer and work as a team to design the best treatment plan. A typical team is made up of surgical, medical, and radiation oncologists, as well as gastroenterologists, social workers, dietitians, and nurses. Treatment plans may include:
- Clinical trials
- Laser therapy - uses high-intensity light to destroy cancer cells
- Radiation therapy - external beam
- Partial gastrectomy
- Total gastrectomy
- Stent placement: a tube made of a metal mesh or plastic is inserted by a doctor to open a blocked area. A stent allows food and liquids to move freely into the stomach