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Stomach Cancer Treatment and Support

The world-renowned team at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center will help determine the best treatment options for you after your stomach cancer diagnosis.

What Are My Stomach Cancer Treatment Options?

Treatment for stomach cancer is based on an individual’s prognosis. The following are some of the stomach cancer treatment options available at Banner MD Anderson.

Early-Stage Stomach Cancer Treatments

If your stomach cancer has been detected in an early stage, your doctor may recommend an endoscopic resection. This type of treatment is the standard for early-stage stomach cancer that has not spread to the lymph nodes. There are two ways in which this procedure can remove the cancer from the stomach lining:

  • Endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD)
  • Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMT)

These treatments are far less invasive than traditional surgery. Patients who receive endoscopic resection may experience:

  • A shorter hospital stay
  • Less pain after the procedure
  • A shorter recovery time

Other Stage Stomach Cancer Treatments

Typical treatment options for stomach cancers are similar to treatments for other types of cancer. These can include:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Targeted therapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Surgery
  • Gastroenterology

What Are the Side Effects of Stomach Cancer Treatments?

The side effects of your stomach cancer treatment may vary depending on the type of treatment a patient receives and the severity of the cancer.

Side effects for endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) and endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) are relatively mild. These side effects may include:

  • Reactions to the sedative, such as vomiting or nausea
  • Gas, bloating or cramps if air was pumped into the digestive system
  • A sore throat if the endoscope was guided down the esophagus

Depending on the type of surgery you had, you may experience:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bleeding
  • Infections
  • Blood clots
  • Scarring
  • Poor wound healing

Common side effects after radiation therapy or chemotherapy include:

  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Hair loss
  • Mouth sores
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Pain
  • Fatigue

At Banner MD Anderson, we offer specialized medical care for patients after being treated for stomach cancer. Our integrative oncology program provides comprehensive and compassionate care to improve our patient’s quality of life. We address the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of all cancer patients and their families. Talk to your Banner MD Anderson representative to discuss our comprehensive care program.

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