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NCCN QUICK GUIDE

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Stomach Cancer, Version 1.2016

What are my options?

Very early

cancers

Treatments that remove the cancer are options for tumors confined to the first

layer of the stomach wall. Endoscopic treatments remove cancer with tools

guided down your throat. Surgery removes cancer with tools inserted through

cuts made into your body. After surgery, you may receive chemoradiation to

prevent the cancer from returning.

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Locoregional

cancers

Locoregional cancers have grown beyond the stomach’s first layer, spread

to lymph nodes, or both. Surgery may be an option. Chemotherapy or

chemoradiation may be given before or after surgery. If surgery isn’t an

option, chemoradiation may be received.

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Metastatic

cancers

Stomach cancers that have spread to distant sites can’t be cured. Instead,

supportive care is given to prevent or reduce symptoms caused by the

cancer. If you are healthy enough, you may receive cancer medicines—

chemotherapy, targeted therapy, or both.

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How do I decide between options?

Ask your doctors many questions. Also, you could get a second opinion, attend support groups,

and compare pros and cons.

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