Gastric cancer, also known as stomach cancer, can be easy to miss in its early stages. At Virginia Mason Franciscan Health Cancer Care, our experienced specialists can diagnose and treat your gastric cancer whether you’re in an early or late stage of the disease.
Most people aren’t recommended to have routine screening for gastric cancer. However, if you have been infected with Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), have mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue lymphoma or use tobacco, your doctor may recommend regular screenings.
We offer several screening tests for gastric cancer. Depending on your risk factors and symptoms, you may have an upper endoscopy, serum pepsinogen test or barium-meal gastric photofluorography. A referral from a provider is needed for screening.
To diagnose stomach cancer, your provider will complete a thorough medical history, a physical exam and possibly one of the following tests:
Stool tests: A fecal occult blood test may be taken to identify if there’s blood in the stool that might not be visible to the naked eye.
Stomach cancer is typically treated by radiotherapy, chemotherapy, surgery or a combination of the three:
Surgery to remove a part of your stomach, or sometimes the whole stomach, may be needed, depending on your cancer’s stage. This procedure is called a partial gastrectomy or total gastrectomy. Your doctor will discuss how to plan for the best nutrition, digestion and possible vitamin supplementation both before and after surgery.
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