Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Gastric Cancer Treatment

Treatment for gastric carcinoma depends on the stage of the cancer and often includes some combination of surgery and chemotherapy.

Treatment for gastric carcinoma may include:

  • Surgery for gastric carcinoma
    • Usually a total gastrectomy where all of the stomach is removed
    • Surrounding lymph nodes are also removed
  • Chemotherapy for gastric carcinoma
    • The administration of medicines that kill cancer cells.
    • May be given along with surgery
  • Radiation therapy:
    • May be an option in some patients
  • Narcotic pain medication:
    • For moderate to severe pain
    • For short term use only

Gastric Cancer Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of gastric carcinoma.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Is surgery an option for me?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • Do I need a special exercise program?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for complications?
  • Are my children at risk for this condition?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Gastric Cancer Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat gastric carcinoma:

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Last Updated: Dec 13, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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