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
may be helpful. It explains
what stomach cancer is. Knowing more about
this cancer may help you better understand its
explains cancer staging, which
is used to plan treatment.
health tests and other steps of care are needed
Parts 4 through 6 address stomach cancer
briefly describes the
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
Does the whole book apply
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