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Stomach cancer

The information on this page was reviewed and approved by
Maurie Markman, MD, President, Medicine & Science at CTCA.

This page was updated on November 5, 2020.

Stomach cancer requires expert care.
Know your options.

Stomach cancer is the 15th most common cancer in the United States, with more than 26,000 new cases diagnosed each year. Though stomach cancer is rare, making up 1.5 percent of all cancer diagnoses, certain risk factors, such as diet, smoking and obesity, may increase risk for developing the disease. Stomach may also spread to other parts of the digestive system, such as the esophagus or intestines, or metastasize and form tumors in distant organs, including the lungs and liver.

At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), our medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, gastroenterologists and other experts have years of experience treating stomach cancer. Our whole-person care model is also designed to support patients’ nutritional needs, manage their pain and address other side effects throughout their treatment journey.

What you should know after a stomach cancer diagnosis

Treatment options for stomach cancer

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At CTCA®, we treat stomach cancer with evidence-based treatments and technologies. Our program offers a several surgical procedures, as well as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, targeted therapy and a variety of other treatments tailored to your unique diagnosis and needs. Your multidisciplinary team may also include a gastroenterologist to help diagnose, stage and treat your disease and help relieve side effects. Common treatments for stomach cancer include:

Surgery is often the primary treatment for this type of cancer.

Chemotherapy may be used in combination with surgery and radiation therapy.

Radiation therapy
Radiation therapy may be used to kill cancer cells that may remain after surgery or shrink tumors that may be causing pain or blocking the digestive process.

Immunotherapy drugs may be an option for certain cases of advanced disease.

Targeted therapy
Targeted therapy drugs are designed to seek out specific proteins or receptors on tumor cells and kill the cells or prevent them from dividing or growing.

A gastroenterologist treats disorders of the digestive system and plays an important role in diagnosing and treating the disease.

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​Supportive care for stomach cancer

At CTCA, we understand that managing the side effects of stomach cancer and its treatments may be challenging. Your team of cancer experts may suggest supportive care services and therapies intended to support your nutritional needs and manage your pain during and after treatment. Therapies for stomach cancer patients may include:


​Nutritional support

Every patient has the option of meeting with a registered dietitian.


​Pain management

Pain management is a branch of medicine focused on reducing pain and improving quality of life through an integrative approach to care.


​Oncology rehabilitation

​Oncology rehabilitation includes a wide range of therapies designed to help you build strength and endurance.

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Kimberly Jensen

Kimberly J.

Stomach Cancer

"I have good days and bad, but I always have a positive attitude knowing that I survived. I often sit outside looking at the stars and enjoying the back porch, not taking my time for granted. I also enjoy spending time with my son and two grandsons, who are the center of my universe. Also, I am expecting a granddaughter in July. I am grateful for every moment."



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