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NCCN Guidelines for Patients

®

Stomach Cancer, Version 1.2016

5

Treatment guide

Very early cancer

Guide 5

lists follow-up care after cancer treatment.

Follow-up care is started when there are no signs of

cancer after treatment. It is based on which cancer

treatment you had.

After EMR or ESD

EUS with upper GI endoscopy is needed. EUS with

an endoscopy finds cancer—if it returns—very well.

Four to six biopsies of abnormal spots are advised.

After surgery

Updates of your medical history and physical exams

should be done regularly. Blood tests, CT scans, and

upper GI endoscopies are only done when needed.

Due to surgery, you may not be getting enough

nutrients. You should be tested for low B12, iron,

and other levels. Treatment should be received as

needed.

Recurrence

The cancer may return during follow-up care. This is

called a recurrence. Treatment options are based on

where the cancer returned.

Cancer that returns near to where the stomach is (or

was) is called locoregional cancer. Surgery may be an

option if you are healthy enough.

Otherwise, supportive care is advised for locoregional

and metastatic cancer. Supportive care is addressed

in the section,

Metastatic cancer

.