Stomach Cancer Surgery

Stomach cancer surgery may be recommended in conjunction with other treatments, such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy or molecular targeted therapy, to address gastric cancer. To determine whether a patient is a surgical candidate, several key factors should be considered, including the type, size, location, grade and stage of the tumor, as well as the patient’s age and general health.

If a tumor is determined to be removable (resectable), a surgeon may recommend one of the following types of stomach cancer surgery:

  • Endoscopic mucosal resection – The tumor, along with some surrounding healthy tissue, is removed through an endoscope that is inserted down the throat.
  • Partial gastrectomy – A portion of the stomach is removed through an incision in the abdomen.
  • Total gastrectomy – The entire stomach is removed through an incision in the abdomen.

Alternatively, if a nonremovable tumor is blocking the stomach and inhibiting digestion, a surgeon may recommend one of the following types of stomach cancer surgery:

  • Endoluminal stent placement – A thin, flexible tube (stent) is placed between the stomach and small intestine or the stomach and the esophagus to create a clear passageway for food.
  • Endoluminal laser therapy – The tumor is reduced with a laser attached to an endoscope that is inserted through an incision in the abdomen.

Patients who undergo stomach cancer surgery at Moffitt Cancer Center are the focus of a multispecialty team of world-class surgeons and other cancer experts. Our talented tumor board collaboratively discusses the patient’s case on a weekly basis and refines treatment as necessary to ensure the highest level of individualized care. We understand that gastric cancer can have a significant impact on every aspect of a patient’s life, and we are committed to doing everything possible to help our patients cope and adjust.

Additionally, because stomach cancer surgery is highly complex and specialized, a patient’s greatest chance for a successful outcome is with a surgeon who has extensive experience and refined skills. Moffitt treats a high number of gastric cancer patients. As a result, our surgeons perform many intricate procedures each year and achieve better outcomes than most other cancer centers. Moffitt’s scientists and clinicians have pioneered many improvements in stomach cancer treatment, and every day we gain ground in finding a cure.

For more information about stomach cancer surgery and other treatment options, call 1-888-663-3488 or complete a new patient registration form. We accept patients with and without referrals. 

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