Stomach cancer, also referred to as gastric cancer, develops in the stomach, which is located in the upper abdomen just under the rib cage. The stomach is made up of five layers of tissue that each play a specific role in the stomach’s primary function, the digestion of food. Cancer occurs when the cells within the tissue become abnormal and reproduce at a higher rate, forming a tumor. While stomach cancer may develop in any of these layers, it tends to develop most frequently in the mucosa, or the innermost layer, where stomach acid and other digestive enzymes are produced.
As with other types of tumors, tumors in the stomach can be either benign or malignant. A benign tumor typically does not spread to other parts of the body and can usually be surgically removed without likelihood of regrowth. On the other hand, the cells in a malignant, or cancerous, tumor can sometimes spread to other areas of the body, such as the lungs, liver and bones.
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Here at Moffitt Cancer Center, we take a unique approach to treating stomach cancer. Our Gastrointestinal Oncology Program is made up of a multispecialty team of experts from a variety of disciplines, who take a highly collaborative and coordinated approach to cancer treatment. This team will meet in a weekly tumor board to review each case and create an individualized treatment plan.
Depending on the patient’s specific needs, we may recommend one or more of the following treatment options:
- Radiation therapy
- Molecular targeted therapy
In addition to these stomach cancer treatment options, Moffitt also offers some of the most recent and effective clinical trials available today. Thanks to our extensive research efforts and robust selection of clinical trials, we’ve been named a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute and can offer our patients advanced treatments that aren’t available at other Florida facilities. In fact, patients can receive these treatments, diagnostic testing and supportive care all at one convenient location.
No referral is necessary to meet with our oncologists specializing in stomach cancer. To schedule an appointment with our team of experts, call 1-888-MOFFITT or complete our online new patient registration form.