Stomach Cancer

When you are treated for stomach cancer at Basil Onco care, you are the focus of some of the world's leading experts. They discuss your case at every juncture, planning together to ensure you receive personalized care that ensures the most advanced treatments with the least impact on your body.

Stomach Cancer Symptoms

Stomach cancer often does not have symptoms in the early stages. When signs do appear, they may be mistaken for less serious problems such as indigestion or heartburn. This means stomach cancer often is not found until it spreads.

Symptoms of stomach cancer may include:

These symptoms do not always mean you have stomach cancer. However, if you notice any of them for more than two weeks, talk to your doctor. Even if they are not signs of cancer, they may signal other health problems.

Stomach Cancer Diagnosis

Because stomach cancer often does not have symptoms until it has spread to other parts of the body or has symptoms that are mistaken for other conditions, it can be challenging to diagnose.
However, it is important for stomach cancer to be diagnosed as soon and as accurately as possible. This helps increase your odds for successful treatment and lowers the chance of side effects.
The experts at Basil are among the most skilled and experienced in diagnosing and staging stomach cancer. They use specialized advanced technology with pinpoint focus and reliable outcomes.

Precise Diagnostic Tools:

In addition to standard diagnostic procedures, Basil offers endoscopic ultrasound, which gives specially trained doctors the ability to look inside the stomach and examine its walls for stomach cancer or pre-cancerous changes. This test, which is not available at many cancer centers, also allows physicians to view and biopsy the lymph nodes around the stomach.
Because stomach cancer can spread inside the abdomen and often is not detectable by any other means, specialists at Basil often perform staging laparoscopies, which are minimally invasive procedures to see if tumors have spread in abdomen.
Researchers at Basil were involved in recent studies to differentiate between gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) and leiomyosarcoma (LMS) with near perfect accuracy. This will have wider application in more individualized diagnosis and treatment of stomach cancer and other types of cancer.

Stomach Cancer Diagnostic Tests

If you have symptoms that may signal stomach cancer, your doctor will examine you and ask you questions about your health, your lifestyle, including smoking and drinking habits, and your family medical history.
If stomach cancer is suspected, early tests may include:
In addition, one or more of the following tests may be used to find out if you have stomach cancer, if it has spread or if treatment is working.

Biopsy:

A biopsy is the removal of tissue to examine under a microscope. Different methods are available to obtain the tissue, depending on where it is located. In stomach cancer, biopsies usually are performed by endoscopy. An endoscope is inserted through the mouth, nose or an incision into the esophagus and stomach. The endoscope has a tool to remove tissue samples for examination.

Imaging tests, which may include:

Endoscopic ultrasound:

Using specialized equipment, doctors insert an endoscope equipped with a small ultrasound device into the stomach. It produces sound waves that produce an image on a video screen.

Barium swallow:

Also called an upper GI (gastrointestinal) series, this set of X-rays of the esophagus and stomach may be used to look for stomach cancer.

Blood tests, which may include:

Stomach Cancer Treatment

At Basil, we customize your stomach cancer treatment to ensure the highest chances for successful treatment while focusing on your quality of life.
Since treating stomach cancer often involves more than one type of therapy, your personalized course of treatment is planned by a group of experts that may include oncologists, radiation oncologists and surgeons. This team approach – coupled with extraordinary skill and the latest technology – means you receive the best possible care with the least impact on your body.
Basil's skilled surgeons and specialized procedures to treat stomach cancer are focused on helping you retain as much of the stomach as possible. However, if surgical removal of part or all of the stomach is unavoidable, we have the skill and staff to help you cope.
Our Stomach Cancer Treatments
If you are diagnosed with stomach cancer, your doctor will discuss the best options to treat it. This depends on several factors, including the type and stage of the cancer, the location of the tumor and your general health.
One or more of the following therapies may be recommended to treat the cancer or help relieve symptoms.

Surgery

Surgery is the most common treatment for stomach cancer, many times with chemotherapy and radiation. If all three therapies are needed, Basil standard approach is to give chemotherapy and radiation before surgery. This method usually is more successful and better tolerated.
Surgery for stomach cancer is delicate and challenging, and it requires special expertise. Studies have shown that patients do better when their surgeons have a high level of experience, and Basil surgeons are among the most experienced in the country.
Surgical techniques for stomach cancer may include:

Endoscopic mucosal resection:

An endoscope is inserted down the throat and into the stomach, allowing doctors to remove certain types of early, non-invasive stomach cancers.

Subtotal (partial) gastrectomy:

The cancerous part of the stomach, nearby lymph nodes (tissues that filter infection and disease) and parts of other organs near the tumor are surgically removed.

Total gastrectomy:

The entire stomach, nearby lymph nodes and sometimes the spleen, parts of the esophagus, intestines, pancreas and other organs where the cancer has spread, are removed. The esophagus is reconnected to the small intestine you can continue to eat and swallow.

During the surgery, the surgeon forms a new “stomach” from part of the intestine. After surgery, you may:

If a stomach cancer tumor is blocking the stomach but cannot be removed completely, surgery may be done to help you eat normally. Procedures include:

Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy uses high-energy beams to destroy cancer cells. New radiation therapy techniques allow to target tumors more precisely, delivering the maximum amount of radiation with the least damage to healthy cells.

Chemotherapy

In Stomach cancer, chemotherapy most often is given before or after surgery. It also may be the main treatment for cancer that has spread outside the Stomach.
BASIL team offers the most up-to-date and effective chemotherapy options for Stomach cancer. Our experts helped develop many drugs now used as standard care at other centers, as well as novel approaches to administer them.

Targeted therapies:

: These agents are specially designed to treat stomach cancer’s specific genetic and molecular profile to help your body fight the disease.

Gene therapy:

We have the expertise to examine each tumor carefully to determine gene-expression profiles, which then guide us toward the most effective, gentlest treatment targeted to your specific cancer. Gene therapy is a personalized medicine approach that sets us above and beyond most cancer centers and allows us to attack the specific causes of each stomach cancer.