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NCCN QUICK GUIDE
Stomach Cancer, Version 1.2016
This NCCNQuick Guide
sheet summarizes key points from the completeNCCN Guidelines for Patients ® : Stomach Cancer.
These guidelines explain which tests and treatments are recommended
by experts in cancer. To view and download the guidelines, visitNCCN.org/patients
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What is stomach cancer?
Stomach cancer is a disease of cells that line the inner stomach wall and make mucus.8
How do doctors rate stomach cancer for staging?
Tumors rated Tis or T1a haven’t grown beyond the first layer of the
stomach wall while T1b, T2, T3, and T4 tumors have.12
Nearby lymph nodes that are rated N0 are cancer-free. N1, N2, and N3
scores mean the cancer has spread to lymph nodes.
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 body20
Tests of blood cell counts and other blood values22
Pictures of the insides of your upper body (torso) made by a CT scan and if needed, PET/CT24
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 tumor25
If needed, an exam of your belly area with a small tool inserted through a small cut26
If needed, removal of tissue from distant sites to test for cancer26
Test of a marker—HER2—if M1 cancer27