Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Stomach cancer stages

Making an educated treatment decision begins with the stage, or progression, of the disease. The stage of stomach cancer is one of the most important factors in evaluating treatment options.

Our cancer doctors use a variety of diagnostic tests to evaluate stomach cancer and develop an individualized treatment plan. If you have been recently diagnosed, we will review your pathology to confirm you have received the correct diagnosis and staging information, and develop a personalized treatment plan. If you have a recurrence, we will perform comprehensive testing and identify a treatment approach that is suited to your needs.

Stage IV stomach cancer

Stage IV stomach cancer is the most advanced form of the disease. In stage IV, the cancer has metastasized, or spread, beyond the stomach into other areas of the body. About four out of five stomach cancers in the United States are diagnosed after the cancer has spread to other areas of the body. The five-year survival rate for those diagnosed with stage IV stomach cancer is 4 percent.

At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), our cancer experts offer a variety of treatment options for patients with advanced-stage stomach cancer. We also provide therapies designed to help ease the symptoms associated with stomach cancer, while helping to improve your quality of life.

TNM categories of stage IV

Stage IV lung cancer may be staged along any point of the T or N scale, meaning that the tumor may be any size and may or may not have grown into the nearby lymph nodes. This stage of the cancer is categorized as M1, meaning the cancer has spread to distant organs, such as the liver, lungs, brain or bones. 

Common treatments for stage IV stomach cancer: In stage IV stomach cancer, recommended treatments include those that may shrink the tumor or help relieve symptoms, such as pain, uncontrolled bleeding and gastric obstruction (a blocked stomach or intestines). Such treatments include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and/or targeted therapy. A clinical trial may also be recommended.

We also offer supportive care therapies designed to help ease the symptoms often associated with stomach cancer while improving your quality of life. Because nutrition is a common concern among stomach cancer patients, for example, we offer nutrition therapy techniques, ranging from enteral nutrition therapy (nourishment delivered through a feeding tube), to help you cope with changes to your digestive system, to parenteral nutrition therapy (nourishment delivered through an IV).

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