Gastric cancer is a rare cancer. Before surgery is recommended many factors must be considered for its proper treatment. Imaging to evaluate the lung and liver to make sure the cancer hasn’t spread is essential prior to any surgical treatment. Then the stomach cancer itself is evaluated to make sure it is safe to surgically remove it. Often a combined approach involving chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy is necessary in combination with surgery for optimal treatment.
Not all gastric cancers are the same and therefore a detailed consultation with your physician/surgeon is very important once the diagnosis has been made.
Dr. Carolyn Nessim actively treats Gastric Cancer patients through the Ottawa Hospital Regional Cancer Center.