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Part 3 describes some of the

important events that should take

place before starting treatment. Tests

to learn about the cancer are needed.

Based on test results, your treatment

team will create a treatment plan.

To get the best treatment results, it

is important that you receive good

nutrition and if you smoke, quit

smoking.

Cancer tests

Before starting treatment, multiple cancer tests will

be done. Such tests are listed in

Guide 1

. These

tests will assess your health, clinical stage, and other

features of the cancer.

Medical history

Your medical history includes any health events and

medicines you’ve taken in your life. It also includes

symptoms that may be related to stomach cancer.

A medical history helps your doctors know if you

can have surgery. It also helps doctors assess if

chemotherapy will do you more good than harm.

Some people are more likely to develop stomach

cancer than others. Anything that increases your

chances of stomach cancer is called a risk factor.

Risk factors can be activities that people do, things in

the environment, or personal traits. A medical history

helps your doctor assess if the stomach cancer

is caused by abnormal changes in genes that are

passed down from parents to children (inherited). This

is called a genetic risk assessment.

NCCN Guidelines for Patients

®

Stomach Cancer, Version 1.2016

3

Preparing for

treatment

20 Cancer tests

28 Treatment team meetings

28 Good nutrition

29 Quit smoking

30 Review