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NCCN QUICK GUIDE

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Stomach Cancer, Version 1.2016

Version 1.2015

This NCCNQuick Guide

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sheet summarizes key points from the complete

NCCN Guidelines for Patients ® : Stomach Cancer.

These guidelines explain which tests and treatments are recommended

by experts in cancer. To view and download the guidelines, visit

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What is stomach cancer?

Stomach cancer is a disease of cells that line the inner stomach wall and make mucus.

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How do doctors rate stomach cancer for staging?

T scores

Tumors rated Tis or T1a haven’t grown beyond the first layer of the

stomach wall while T1b, T2, T3, and T4 tumors have.

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N scores

Nearby lymph nodes that are rated N0 are cancer-free. N1, N2, and N3

scores mean the cancer has spread to lymph nodes.

M scores

No cancer in distant sites is rated M0. An M1 score means the cancer has

spread to one or more sites beyond nearby lymph nodes.

What tests do I need before treatment?

A report of your health history and an exam of your body

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Tests of blood cell counts and other blood values

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Pictures of the insides of your upper body (torso) made by a CT scan and if needed, PET/CT

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An exam of your upper GI tract with a small tool (endoscope) that is guided down your throat

The tool may equipped with an imaging device to check the tumor depth and lymph nodes

The tool may be equipped with a device that can remove part or all of the tumor

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If needed, an exam of your belly area with a small tool inserted through a small cut

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If needed, removal of tissue from distant sites to test for cancer

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Test of a marker—HER2—if M1 cancer

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