Stomach cancer, also called “gastric cancer,” is a cancer that has established itself in the stomach area. At the Beverly Hills Cancer Center, we provide the full scope of treatments for stomach cancer, all provided in a nurturing, warm, environment, by highly skilled medical professionals, well-versed in the most advanced treatment options, and performed in our state-of-the-art facility.
The stomach has several sections and layers. To determine the stage of advancement of the disease, your specialist will evaluate which layer of the stomach has been affected. The layers are as follows:
- The mucosa (innermost)
- Muscularis propria (thick muscle layer)
- Subserosa and serosa (outer wrapping layers)
Stomach cancer may be present and undiagnosed for many years, as these cancers typically develop slowly. In the earliest stages, the patient may not exhibit any symptoms, making it more difficult to diagnose early. Determining how far the cancer has grown into the wall of the stomach (or organs in proximity) is the first step in planning treatment. Your cancer specialist will evaluate the extent of the primary tumor, whether it has spread to the nearby lymph nodes, and whether it has spread (or metastasized) to other organs.
Signs & Symptoms of Stomach Cancer
Stomach cancer signs and symptoms can include:
- Unexplained weight loss or loss of appetite
- Abdominal pain (above navel)
- Swelling or fluid buildup
- Nausea, vomiting, bloody vomit
Tests and Diagnosis
Stomach cancer testing and diagnosis procedures can include:
- Screening (for high risk patients)
- Upper endoscopy
- Endoscopic ultrasound
- Biopsy sample testing
- Imaging tests
- Upper gastrointestinal testing
- CT or CAT scan
- MRI scan
- PET scan
Stomach Cancer Treatments
The treatment for stomach cancer will depend upon the stage of the disease, and what other parts of the body have been impacted. The most common treatments used to treat stomach cancer include:
Surgery: Surgery can be performed for some stomach cancer cases, to remove part of the stomach (or all), as well as the lymph nodes. The specific surgery procedure will reflect the progress of the disease, the organs affected, and whether the surgeon is attempting to alleviate symptoms, or slow or stop the advance of the disease. The surgical technique for early-stage stomach cancer is called endoscopic resection. This surgery does not involve an incision, but is performed with the use of an advanced tool called an endoscope which is passed through the patient’s mouth, into the stomach. For some cases, the entire stomach is removed, and the end of the esophagus attached to the small intestine.
Chemotherapy: Anti-cancer drugs are introduced into your body by vein, or taken in pill form. The purpose is either to shrink the size of the tumor prior to surgery. Chemo is also used to kill cancer cells left after surgery is complete to attempt to stop the disease from returning. Radiation is typically part of this treatment.
Targeted Chemo Drugs: Certain stomach cancers cells have a hormone that can be targeted with a special drug called Trastuzumab. Before targeted therapy is chosen as part of the treatment plan, it must be determined if the cancer is the type (with the hormone, HER2) that responds to this targeted treatment.
Radiation: Stomach cancers are most often treated with external beam radiation therapy. The beams are carefully focused upon the cancer, and the procedure is painless, and lasts only a few minutes. There are side effects that many patients experience, including skin problems, nausea, vomiting, and affect blood cell count.
Our medical team at Beverly Hills Cancer Center delivers some of the top stomach cancer treatment Los Angeles has to offer and is here to help. Our treatment options may involve a combination of techniques. We employ the most advanced procedures and treatments, and work diligently to help you prolong life and bring you relief, and hope for the future.
Concierge Focused Cancer Treatment Facility
At Beverly Hills Cancer Center, our multidisciplinary team is dedicated to one goal – getting the patient well. Patients are often seen by multiple specialists at the same time to coordinate and implement complex treatments and make important health care decisions. Stomach cancer treatment in Los Angeles at the BHCC provides all patients with world class concierge health care service.
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