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Surgery for stomach cancer

surgical oncology

What is surgery?

Surgery is used to diagnose, stage and treat cancer, and to manage certain cancer-related symptoms. At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), our experienced surgeons have performed thousands of procedures and will discuss the surgical options that are best suited to your individual needs.

Whether a patient is a candidate for surgery or not depends on factors such as the type, size, location, grade and stage of the tumor, as well as general health factors such as age, physical fitness and other coexisting medical conditions the patient may have.

For many patients, surgery will be combined with other cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy or hormone therapy. These nonsurgical treatments may be administered before surgery (neoadjuvant therapy) or after surgery (adjuvant therapy) to help prevent cancer growth, spread or recurrence.

Early in the treatment planning process, we plan for and proactively manage anticipated side effects from surgery. Our nutritionists, rehabilitation therapists and naturopathic clinicians work together with your surgical oncologist to support healing and quality of life. Our reconstructive surgeons perform procedures to restore the body's appearance and function when needed, at the time of surgery or following surgery.

Surgical oncology

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Surgical Oncology

Surgery for stomach cancer

For many patients with stomach cancer, surgery is the primary treatment. At CTCA, you’ll find experienced surgeons who perform cancer-related surgical procedures. These highly skilled doctors, called surgical oncologists, perform procedures to remove:

  • The cancerous portion of the stomach
  • The entire stomach (if cancer has spread throughout it)
  • Lymph nodes near the stomach

Additional procedures our skilled surgical oncology teams can perform include those to:

  • Determine the extent of stomach cancer
  • Remove very early stage stomach cancer
  • Ablate small tumors in the liver
  • Remove a portion of the liver if the cancer has spread to it
  • Provide a greater level of comfort. For example, if a tumor blocks a passage into or out of the stomach and cannot be removed, a small tube can be inserted to create an opening from the esophagus to the stomach or the stomach to the small intestine. This enables you to continue to eat by normal means.
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