Treatment Options for Stomach (Gastric) Cancer

Once your care team has the results of your diagnostic tests and have assigned a stage to your cancer, our specialists from both Brigham and Women’s and Dana-Farber — including surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists and medical oncologists — will work closely together to develop a personalized treatment plan that works best to treat your cancer. We will ensure you receive coordinated care as we monitor and treat your cancer, while providing relief for your symptoms.

Our experience and expertise in stomach cancer translates to better outcomes for our patients. We treat a large number of stomach cancer patients in our center each year. Patient safety is always a top priority. Our board-certified surgeons use the latest minimally invasive surgery techniques whenever possible, resulting in smaller incisions, less pain, shorter hospital stays and improved outcomes for our patients.

Throughout your treatment, we want you to feel like you’re an active participant in your care. Please talk with your care team about your treatment goals and feel free to ask treatment-related questions during your appointments. Your care team works at both the Dana-Farber and Brigham campuses in Boston, as well as locations in the surrounding community, and your appointments may be at any of these locations depending on your treatment.

Your treatment options will be based on your health history and the stage of your cancer.

Non-Surgical Treatment Options

If you are not eligible for surgery, our team will work with you on non-surgical treatment options, such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, targeted therapy and clinical trials, in addition to treatments for any symptoms you may have. Your care team will work to control the spread of your cancer and manage your symptoms.

Surgical Treatment Options

Surgery is one of the main treatment options intended to cure stomach cancer. It is often combined with chemotherapy, radiation and or immunotherapy for the best outcomes. However, surgery cannot cure all stomach cancers. Your healthcare provider will advise you if surgery may help cure your cancer. In some cases, your healthcare provider may suggest surgery to help ease cancer symptoms.

Learn more about surgical treatment options for stomach cancer here.

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