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NCCN Guidelines for Patients


Stomach Cancer, Version 1.2016


NCCN Guidelines for Patients


Stomach Cancer, Version 1.2016


Making treatment decisions

It's your choice

It’s your choice

The role patients want in choosing their treatment

differs. You may feel uneasy about making treatment

decisions. It may be hard to hear or know what

others are saying. This may be due to a high level

of stress. Stress, pain, and drugs can limit your

ability to make good decisions. You may feel uneasy

because you don’t know much about cancer. You’ve

never heard the words used to describe cancer, tests,

or treatments. Likewise, you may think that your

judgment isn’t any better than your doctors’.

Your doctors will give you the information you need

to make an informed choice. In early-stage disease,

there are often multiple good options. It is good news

to have multiple options.

Letting others decide which option is best may make

you feel more at ease. But, whom do you want to

make the decisions? You may rely on your doctors

alone to make the right decisions. However, your

doctors may not tell you which to choose if you have

multiple good options. You can also have loved

ones help. They can gather information, speak on

your behalf, and share in decision-making with your

doctors. Even if others decide which treatment you

will receive, you still have to agree by signing a

consent form.

On the other hand, you may want to take the lead

or share in decision-making. Most patients do. In

shared decision-making, you and your doctors share

information, weigh the options, and agree on a

treatment plan. Your doctors know the science behind

your plan but you know your concerns and goals. By

working together, you are likely to get a higher quality

of care and be more satisfied. You’ll likely get the

treatment you want, at the place you want, and by the

doctors you want.

Having cancer is very stressful.

While absorbing the fact that you

have cancer, you have to learn about

tests and treatments. In addition, the

time you have to accept a treatment

plan feels short. Parts 1 through 5

described the cancer and the test and

treatment options recommended by

NCCN experts. These options are

based on science and agreement

among NCCN experts. Part 6 aims

to help you make decisions that are

in line with your beliefs, wishes, and



Making treatment


71 It’s your choice

72 Questions to ask your doctors

76 Weighing your options

78 Websites / Review

I had this surgery August 16th, 2016.

I am now figuring out my new life

without a stomach. I wouldn’t say it’s

been easy, but it’s definitely worth it to

not have those large odds against me.

I look forward to growing old with my

husband and being able to be there for

my now 4-year-old daughter. I look

forward to watching her grow, learn,

and become an amazing young lady

and, of course, being there for all of

those milestones in life makes losing my

stomach worth it.

Heather Huus

Advocate, No Stomach For Cancer