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NCCN Guidelines for Patients


Stomach Cancer, Version 1.2016


Stomach cancer basics


NCCN Guidelines for Patients


Stomach Cancer, Version 1.2016

How to use this book

Who should read this book?

The information in this booklet is about cancer

of the stomach. This cancer is also called gastric

cancer. Patients and those who support them—

caregivers, family, and friends—may find this

book helpful. It may help you discuss and decide

with doctors what care is best.

Where should I start


Starting with

Part 1

may be helpful. It explains

what stomach cancer is. Knowing more about

this cancer may help you better understand its


Part 2

explains cancer staging, which

is used to plan treatment.

Part 3

lists which

health tests and other steps of care are needed

before treatment.

Parts 4 through 6 address stomach cancer


Part 4

briefly describes the


Part 5

is a guide to treatment

options that are partly based on how far the

cancer has grown. Tips for making treatment

decisions are presented in

Part 6


Does the whole book apply

to me?

This book includes information for many

situations. Your treatment team can help. They

can point out what information applies to you.

They can also give you more information.

As you read through this book, you may find it

helpful to make a list of questions to ask your


The recommendations in this book are based on

science and the experience of NCCN experts.

However, these recommendations may not be

right for you. Your doctors may suggest other

tests and treatments based on your health and

other factors. If other suggestions are given, feel

free to ask your treatment team questions.

Making sense of medical


In this book, many medical words are included.

These are words that you will likely hear from

your treatment team. Most of these words may

be new to you, and it may be a lot to learn.

Don’t be discouraged as you read. Keep reading

and review the information. Don’t be shy to ask

your treatment team to explain a word or phrase

that you do not understand.

Words that you may not know are defined in the

text or in the


. Words in the


are underlined when first used on a page.

Acronyms are also defined when first used

and in the


. Acronyms are short words

formed from the first letters of several words.

One example is DNA for